I bought a canner and a bunch of jars some time ago, but I have never gotten around to actually canning anything. Yesterday however, when I went up to the markets there was a box of 'seconds' tomatoes for $5. I couldn't resist such a bargain and so I carried them home and set about with my first ever canning experience.
I turned this:
In to this:
I was very proud of myself and I have far more respect for people who can regularly. I didn't realise quite how MESSY skinning that many tomatoes would be haha. I was also suprised at how much space there was in the top of them this one being the most obvious:
When I packed them in I only left about a half inch head space and I did make sure to try and remove any air bubbles before processing. Any thoughts? They all appear to have sealed properly at least. I am really looking forwards to our next lot of spaghetti bolognaise made with these tomatoes :)
I have also been keeping myself busy with a new project - a small patchwork wallhanging. My previous experience with patchwork consists of one square I did for my Grandmas quilt years ago when she had cancer. All the women in the family worked on it together while she was unwell. Thankfully she recovered and has been fine ever since but patchwork will always hold a special place in my heart because of that time we all spent together. I want to eventually make a big quilt for our bed - something that will become a family heirloom - but for once I am being sensible and starting small. Isn't it cute?
I had so much fun choosing the fabrics and can't wait to see what it will look like finished! I especially love the background fabric with the hay coloured stripes and pretty little flowers.
And last but not least, here are some pics of the garden I took last weekend but never got around to posting.
You can really see the difference between this shot, and a similar one a few posts back!
The mulberry has a tonne of beautiful glossy new leaves
And the little lemon is in full bloom. The smell out there is gorgeous.