Summer Canning 101 : Roasted Garlic Roma Tomato Sauce

This summer the tomatoes in my garden grew beautifully. With our summer season coming to an end I have been looking for a way to keep them stocked in my pantry all year long. Luckily I found the perfect recipe to keep that taste alive all winter by using canning. 

Canning + food preservation is one of those arts, especially here in the South. Today I'm teaming up with my friends at Ball Canning for a little “Canning 101” to show you how incredibly easy and fun it is to can yourself and capture all the flavors of summer in a little jar. 

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If you’ve never tried canning before, not to worry. I’m walking you through all the essential tools you’ll need and a step-by-step recipe for a delicious Tomato Sauce that I know your family can enjoy in these next few cold months.  I was pretty intimidated before I tried canning for the first time but once I read more about it and tried it for the first time I was hooked. 

CANNING TOOLS

Before we get started, here is a quick list of tools you’ll need to begin canning :

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ROASTED GARLIC ROMA TOMATO SAUCE

Makes about 3 (32 oz.) Quart Jars

Ingredients: 

  • 9-10 lbs. Roma style tomatoes, rinsed

  • 3 small whole heads of garlic

  • 2 medium onions, small diced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano, minced

  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, minced

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

  • Ball Citric Acid or bottled lemon juice

Instructions

Roast tomatoes, in batches, on a grill or under a broiler until skins begin to wrinkle and blacken slightly, turning to roast on all sides. Repeat with remaining tomatoes. Place finished tomatoes in a large bowl. 

Cover bowl of tomatoes tightly with plastic wrap. Let tomatoes steam and cool until they are easy to handle. Remove peel and core tomatoes. Slice each one in half and remove seeds; dice into 1-inch chunks. Place diced tomatoes, and any collected juices, into a large saucepan. 

Slice top portion of the heads of garlic, revealing the cloves below, drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over cloves in each head. Wrap garlic tightly in aluminum foil and place top side down on the grill with tomatoes; grill until soft, about 30 minutes. Or, roast in a 350 oven for 60 minutes. 

Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands. 

Remove roasted garlic by squeezing the softened heads of garlic allowing the cloves to pop out. Combine garlic, onions, herbs, salt and pepper with tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon citric acid or 2 tablespoons lemon juice to a hot jar; ladle hot sauce into hot jar leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled. 

Process jars 40 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed. 


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PRO TIP : Pay special attention to the instruction's required headspace measurement, this recipe calls for 1/2".

It really is so fun and easy to can in your own home. If you have any questions, you can always reference the “Canning 101” section on the Ball® website, it will show you a great step-by-step. Just make sure you keep everything sanitized to minimize any chance of compromising and not properly storing your filled jars.

I'm so excited to be able to preserve these bright and fresh flavors of tomatoes sauce. And, Ball® even has these really cute jar labels over on their site that you can download and print on labels to decorate and customize your own jars.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever canned before or if you’re giving it a try for the first time by sharing with us at #heirloomed and #yesyoucan. And in case you love it as much as I do, pop over here for even more recipes you can try or if you’d rather a hardcopy (like me) Ball® has a great Canning Book. Let me know what you pair your tomato sauce with this fall! 


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How to : Make Homemade Whipped Cream.

Now you know I love all things homemade, but some things are WAY more worth the extra time and effort. Homemade whipped cream is one of those things.

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It's simple and easy but that's just what these #madefromscratch series "how to" stories are all about. The best thing about making your own whipped cream is that it takes just a second and it truly elevates any thing you put it on so it's a simple game changer for your desserts from here on out.

So ditch the can in your fridge or that tub in your freezer and give this one a try.


Homemade Whipped Cream :

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Using a hand mixer with whisk attachment, whisk all ingredients together on low speed for :30 seconds until well combined. Beat on high speed until you reach stiff peak stage, approximately 2-3 minutes being cautious not to over beat.

Serve a dollop atop your favorite dessert like pie, ice cream or fresh fruit - enjoy!


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How to : Make a Roux

Roux is one of those mysterious things that few people know how to make these days. Not because it's necessarily difficult, but because it isn't often taught, or even thought of when it comes to cooking in the everyday kitchen. 

That's why it's important to me to talk about the basics of making a roux, because it can be such a great addition to everyday meals and a way to enhance recipes you already love. Plus, learning how to master long-standing kitchen techniques is one of my favorite things, and part of what heirloomed is all about.

This post is part of our "Made from Scratch" series, where we focus on the mastering the basics that it takes to make the classics from scratch - because things just taste better that way.

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Roux comes in many forms: white, brown, medium-brown, dark-brown, and variations of these. The roux I made was white to blond, but there are plenty of uses for darker roux, as you'll read below. 

ROUX 

  • Butter
  • Flour

In a pan, melt butter to a bubble. Add in an amount of flour equal to your chosen portion of butter - for example, 2 tbs butter, 2 tbs flour. Stir the flour and butter together with a fork or whisk until thickened. For a white roux - often used to thicken sauces - that's approximately 2 to 5 minutes. For a blond roux, often used in soups, cook until it smells a bit "toasty" - usually 5 to 10 minutes. A medium-brown roux takes 15 to 30 minutes, and a dark brown roux takes 30 to 45 minutes. Both medium and dark-brown roux is used in making most gumbos. 

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How To : Separate an Egg.

If you know anything about me you must know that I am an egg lover. Today I'm sharing a basic little skill that comes in handy in the kitchen when you're in sudden need of *just* the egg white, or *just* the egg yolk for a recipe. That's right - here's a little "how to" on separating an egg.

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This is one of my favorites in our #madefromscratch series so far because it's one that I learned to do early on, by necessity. There are a few favorite recipes that were staples in our home growing up that called for just egg whites so the know-how to master this one without breaking the yolk or cracking little bits of shell into the bowl was essential. 

Here are my best tips for separating an egg after many years of practice, but truth-be-told the best way to master this one is just to give it some good practice.

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HOW TO : SEPARATE AN EGG

  1. Gather your eggs along with two bowls, one for capturing your egg yolks and the other for your egg whites.
  2. Carefully crack the egg shell over your first bowl, trying to gently tap the egg in the very middle of the shell, slightly rotating it around to get a nice, even break.
  3. Separate the egg shell holding it straight up and down vertically, so the bottom half of the egg shell becomes a “bowl” to capture the egg yolk. Be gentle to ensure no bits of shell fall into your bowl.
  4. Allow the egg whites to drip into the first bowl you are working from, slightly tipping the shells and gentle transferring the yolk back and forth between each half of the broken egg shell to allow as much of the egg whites to fall into the bowl below. Be sure not to break the yolk in the transferring process or it will contaminate your egg whites and you’ll have to start from scratch.
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I hope you'll give it a shot, and I hope you're loving these kitchen basics. Love your feedback at #HEIRLOOMED.

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How to : Steam a Lobster.

If there is one thing this seventh-generation Florida girl loves it is seafood.

My Dad loves to tell the story of when I was very young and devoured and entire lobster all by myself. A lobster that was never intended to be for me, but I suppose once I tasted that first bite I was hooked. 

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As part of our #madefromscratch series, I thought this was one "how-to" that was essential for anyone to tackle - how to steam a fresh, live lobster.

If you've never done it before it's surely something that can be intimidating and not for the faint of heart. But guess what, it's super simple and only takes minutes, and is a whole lot more cost effective than getting a lobster from a restaurant. 

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STEAMED LOBSTER

4 qty - 1.5 to 2 lb each fresh, live lobsters

1 TBSP kosher salt

Gather a large stockpot with steamer insert and fill with approximately 2-3" of water and add salt.  Bring water to a rolling boil and then gently place lobsters into the steamer insert, making sure not to overcrowd them. 

Place lid on your stockpot and steam for approximately 10 minutes (1 lb lobster), 15 minutes (1.5 lb) or 20 minutes (2 lb). Carefully remove your lobsters and allow to cool to the touch before serving. 

Garnish with fresh lemon and melted butter, enjoy!

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Once cooked your lobster shell should be bright red in color (brighter than my photos show thanks to a little bit of filter on the images, but isn't it dreamy?) and the meat inside should be a milky white instead of being translucent. 

Truth be told, I love a good lobster roll or lobster ravioli but my very favorite way to enjoy this crustacean is in its most simple form - steamed to perfection. I also love to add a bit of tarragon to my melted butter to give it a bit of a deeper flavor. 

I hope you'll give this one a try - I promise you won't be disappointed!


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