When I can, I CAN! I do not do little batches everyday like some women do. I do like to get a big job done and then move on to other things. I guess I learned that method from the Amish and they are pretty practical!
After I cleaned the kitchen really well, detailing all my cabinets and scrubbing my floor, my husband said, "Why are you cleaning it before we start canning?" I reply, "Because I love cleaning and I love to have everything set before I start a big project."
He carried in one bushel and brought it to the sink and started washing tomatoes. As they were clean, he handed them to me for cutting. I set up a cutting board over a scrap bucket (the scraps were going to be fed to our piglets–nothing goes to waste on our farm). As my husband and I were working on the tomatoes we were talking about all kind of things. It felt like such a dream! I can't explain how sweet it was to spend that time working side by side.
Next thing you know, Junior comes along and says, "Can I wash the tomatoes, please?" Mark quickly steps aside as his little guy starts washing tomato after tomato and stacking them on my cutting board. Then I started talking with Junior and the conversation was just as sweet as before with his daddy. I thought, wow, this is the life.
Here is my cutting board. See how handy it is for working up the tomatoes? It is a great assembly line. Junior washes the tomatoes, I cut the cores out and cut them in quarters. Next I put the scraps into the bowl below and the good tomato pieces into a bigger bowl to the side.
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- chili powder
- celery seed powder