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Canning party

August 31, 2009 - Deb Gau
Whenever I hear stories of what rural life was like in the past, one of the things that strikes me is just how social everything was. If you had a big job to do on the farm, all of your neighbors would come over to help.

It wasn't quite at that level at my mom's house this weekend, but it still felt like a throwback to past times. Mom had an explosion of garden tomatoes this summer, and me and my aunt were helping her turn them into pulp and can them. I confess, they did most of the work - I put in just a little time picking in the garden and turning the food mill.

The results were pretty good. They got at least a half dozen big Mason jars full of tomato puree that could be used for making sauce or other stuff later, and an oven-based canning method my uncle passed on made things go faster. Thing is, there are still a lot more tomatoes ripening out there, so I may have a chance to put in my share of work yet . . .


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