a tomato canner.
I can tomatoes.
I have 6 lovely quarts
peeled petite diced tomatoes sitting on my counter
plus another one in the fridge that didn't seal.
But here's the thing:
If I'd have bought 7 big cans of petite diced tomatoes
it'd have cost me $8.33 plus tax.
Them there 7 jars
represent 2 hours of labor
(1 1/2 hours of mine & 1/2 hour of Brandon's - thanks, Bud!!)
and that doesn't include the finding and washing of the jars
lids, rings and canner.
Or the picking of the tomatoes.
Also coming into the equation:
it takes 1 hour and 25 minutes
to water bath process a quart of tomatoes in their own juice.
The heat under the canner was on high for over an hour
prior to that
while I was preparing the tomatoes.
Another burner was on high for an hour an a half
so I could have boiling water to blanch the tomatoes
so their skins would slip off easily.
I had to turn the air on in the kitchen
because it got so hot
(and today was a really cool day!)
My mom gave me lots of canning stuff
so I didn't have to buy jars or bands
but I did have to buy lids
(14 cents per lid
if memory serves me - which - in all fairness, it may not...)
While the part of me that wants desperately
to live a self-sufficient lifestyle
is quite pleased,
the realist in me
(who is equally loud; probably even louder....)
it really isn't worth it;
just buy your stupid canned tomatoes at the store
and be done with it.
at least I can still make my own jam...