Saturday, September 13, 2008


I mentioned a while ago that my sister and I had visited my aunt to can tomatoes back in July. I've got some pictures of the three of us hard at work and will hopefully have some more later. This year was different from last year because my grandma wasn't there but we still had a great time and got a lot of work done. Our regular tomato place in Tennessee didn't have enough ripe tomatoes so we had to stop about a day earlier than we had planned and my aunt finished off the remaining tomatoes after they had time to ripen.

I've given away some of the spaghetti sauce and I took an appetizer of ripe tomato catsup and brie to a recent party but for the most part I've squirreled away the jars and saved them for myself. As the months go by, my shelf of full jars will empty and I'll accumulate more empty jars. Our family (and anyone else lucky enough to get sauce and juice every year) knows that you have to return your empty jars to get full ones next year. So as my supply runs low I'll be able to look at my empty jars and remember that we'll get to do this all over next year.

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