A couple of you mentioned you’d like to see the process of canning tomatoes. Since I had some to process anyway, yesterday I got the camera rolling again.
In the comments on the grape jelly video, I showed some of the costs of jelly-making. You don’t really save a lot of money canning your own jelly and jam if you have to buy the fruit. However, homemade jelly is healthier than store-bought. There’s no high-fructose corn syrup. And you can even choose to make low-sugar jam with special pectin. Still worth it in my book, even if there’s not a lot of money savings.
Tomatoes offer a much great money savings. If you grow your own tomatoes and get jars for free or cheap (thrift stores! yard sales! relatives!), basically you’re only buying lids. I love making spaghetti sauce from our own tomatoes all winter long.