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Old 08-03-2020, 12:31 PM
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I picked 45 pounds of tomatoes yesterday at a local farm. They were half price and hanging off the vines. It was hot, but easy picking! However my DH found a tip online and it has saved a bunch of time. Instead of boiling the jars, you put them in the oven on a cookie sheet and heat them to 250 degrees. Then when the tomatoes are ready, just take them out and fill them up. Wow, so much easier!!!
DH is a chemistry major and enjoys the before and after... meat sauce and soup!


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Old 08-03-2020, 03:20 PM
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Yum! I remember Mom's canned tomatoes. We still have Mom but she stopped canning veggies. Good memories though. She would have probably liked your tip. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:02 PM
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That's a great tip.

The last time I canned peaches I felt like I was preparing for the birth of triplets or something. I had the canner kettle boiling, the lid and ring pan boiling, the syrup pan boiling and the pan of boiling water for dipping in the peaches. I ran out of stove for sanitizing the jars and could have used your oven tip.

How long do you leave the jars in the oven? Does that sterilize them since it's over the temp of boiling water?
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:07 PM
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I put jars in the dishwasher on the speed cycle. I know they are sanitized!
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Old 08-03-2020, 05:01 PM
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I also sanitize using the dishwasher.

Another tip: Over the last decades, tomatoes have been developed to be lower in acid. When home canning, they suggest adding an acid such as lemon or vinegar.


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Old 08-03-2020, 05:20 PM
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"How long do you leave the jars in the oven? Does that sterilize them since it's over the temp of boiling water?"

First of all, what a great tip to use the oven, jks!

I just looked it up online and it said wash the jars well first (of course!) and then into the oven at 225 degrees for 20 minutes. This website explained it to me.

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-...thout-boiling/
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:57 PM
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TchFur's website above is great for explaining in detail. I "cooked" the jars for 25 min. Putting them on the cookie sheet made it easy to take out and then put the tomato sauce in. The lids were boiled in water on the stove.
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