Friday, July 26, 2013

Canning Tomato Juice

One of my fondest memories of Grandmother Bessie was canning in the summer time.  Grandmother had a h u g e vegetable garden.  Planting the vegetable garden began in early spring with the peas, onions and potatoes.  Tending the garden was done in the early morning hours.  As a child, I never understood why Grandmother wanted to get out of bed at the crack of dawn with the chickens and pull weeds!  Now that I am older and wiser, I understand pulling weeds in the early morning while it is still cool is much easier than pulling weeds in the hot baking sun.  Grandmother was a wonderful gardener and her vegetable garden yielded many bushels and pounds of produce.  The old blue Ball jars were used many, many years.

AppleJack went to Farmers Market this morning and brought home tomatoes.  We spent part of our day canning tomato juice.  Summers bounty from the vegetable gardens is on its way.  Green beans, corn, peaches, apple butter, okra are all on their way from the farmers gardens to our freezer and pantry!


  1. Looks yummy! I love tomato juice!

  2. How lovely! We have done that canning in past years, but will probably not do any this year. Our garden just isn't what it usually is due to our excessive rain and late spring. I still have tomato juice from the last time, though, and a few things in the freezer.

  3. Mom canned tomato juice too! Her shelves were so pretty with all her canning. It was amazing how much she got out our that little garden in our back yard. Being in Maine has left me in a garden slump as it is a slow short season. But we are getting better at it each year. Big thing, we need a cold frame to get a head start.