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Old 09-24-2005, 12:56 PM   #31
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OK, canning basics.

1. You need to have a certain amount of acidity to resist bacterial growth. Tomatoes are nicely acidic so that is likely why this recipe works without any other stuff.

2. Yes you could add garlic.

If I were going to do this, I would grab a bunch of canning jars with the regular sealer lids and rings.

First, sterilize the jars and lids in either a sanitizing cycle on your dishwasher (not all models have this) or boil them for about 3 minutes. You want them to still be hotish when you fill them, so time this accordingly.

Fill the jars with HOT tomato sauce and then wipe around the tops to make sure of a clean seal.

Put on the lids and tighten just finger tight. Leave the jars out for a while. You will hear little popping noises throughout the day as the jars seal themselves nice and tight.

Then to make them giftable, take squares of festive fabric and put them over the lids and tie them on with pretty ribbon. Make a nice label for the front and you are good to go.

Thanks for this recipe mish. It looks nice and simple and is clearly TNT. I may give this a go either this weekend or next.
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Old 09-24-2005, 01:42 PM   #32
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Thank you, Thank you Alix. I thought the process might be complicated, but you may have inspired me to give it a go. The wrapping in newspaper thing in water, still has me puzzled. I don't have a santizer? cycle on the dishwasher, would really hot water do? Could I boil water in a Dutch oven & plunk the jars in there?

Having "homemade" tomato sauce (that will last for years) to have on hand & to give as gifts is such a practical & special idea. A little recipe card attached for a favorite pasta recipe, I think would make an extra special gift. I would like to make a pasta gift basket...add some pasta, homemade sauce, bottle of wine, mozzarella, loaf of french bread, etc.
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Old 09-24-2005, 06:38 PM   #33
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Thank you, Thank you Alix. I thought the process might be complicated, but you may have inspired me to give it a go. The wrapping in newspaper thing in water, still has me puzzled. I don't have a santizer? cycle on the dishwasher, would really hot water do? Could I boil water in a Dutch oven & plunk the jars in there?
Yes mish, that would do. Make sure the jars and lids are covered by boiling water and you boil them for a few minutes. Take the jars out with tongs and place them on a tea towel or something to dry while you get the tomato sauce ready. Leave the lids in a pot, but drain the water out. That way you don't risk contaminating them by touching them. Ignore the newspaper crap. It is just that...crap.

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Having "homemade" tomato sauce (that will last for years) to have on hand & to give as gifts is such a practical & special idea. A little recipe card attached for a favorite pasta recipe, I think would make an extra special gift. I would like to make a pasta gift basket...add some pasta, homemade sauce, bottle of wine, mozzarella, loaf of french bread, etc.
Are you putting ME on your Christmas list? I'd LOVE that kind of gift!
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Old 09-24-2005, 07:25 PM   #34
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Appreciate your advice, Alix. I'm saving all this info. Let's see if I get brave enough to try it. (Hope it doesn't turn out to be the I Love Lucy episode - Lucy makes Aunt Martha's Salad Dressing.)


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Are you putting ME on your Christmas list? I'd LOVE that kind of gift!
Me too. I may give myself a gift too. You're on the list (You won't be mad if I soak off the Ragu label & replace it with my own, will you .)
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Old 09-24-2005, 07:55 PM   #35
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Appreciate your advice, Alix.
Anytime mish. It really is pretty easy. Once you try it you will wonder what was so intimidating about it. Its no biggie AT ALL! Way easier than baking a cheesecake or souffle IMO.

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Me too. I may give myself a gift too. You're on the list (You won't be mad if I soak off the Ragu label & replace it with my own, will you .)
*sigh*
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:21 AM   #36
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This thread is so interesting, it is coming up to tomato season here so I will go to the markets and get a box to make sauce. My only worry like everyone esle is the jars, what exactly do the lids look like? Where would I buy them?
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Old 09-25-2005, 09:44 AM   #37
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The reason for wrapping the jars in newspaper is to keep them from breaking...note that Maria used whatever jars she had on hand, not regular canning jars.
My Grandma White did her canning outdoors in big copper kettles over a wood fire. She put straw in the bottom of the kettles to keep the jars from breaking.
Personally, I'd go with regular canning jars and the more modern canning process.
Mish, before I had a dishwasher, I boiled my jars in a big pot on top of the stove...it works just fine.
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In the US canning jars are available in grocery stores as well as places like Wal-Mart or othre big general merchandise discount department stores and at some hardware stores. If the jars are not chipped or cracked, they may reused many times. The sealing component of the lid may not be reused, but the screw-on ring, which keeps the actual lid on during the canning process may be reused if in good condition. Replacement sealing lids are found near the jars. Follow the directions that come with the lids because while you can boil the jars and the screw-on rings, some lids can only be washed in hot soapy water and put in very hot water to rinse because boiling will damage the sealing gasket on the lid. Also there are several sizes and types of jars. Ball is a company the makes canning equipment and that website may be very helpful for you. Good Luck.
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The reason for wrapping the jars in newspaper is to keep them from breaking...note that Maria used whatever jars she had on hand, not regular canning jars.
My Grandma White did her canning outdoors in big copper kettles over a wood fire. She put straw in the bottom of the kettles to keep the jars from breaking.
Personally, I'd go with regular canning jars and the more modern canning process.
Mish, before I had a dishwasher, I boiled my jars in a big pot on top of the stove...it works just fine.
I stand corrected Constance. Thanks for the correct info!
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You're welcome, Alix. Just chaulk it up to age and experience. I oughta get something in return for these old aching bones.
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