Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:47:07
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I was waiting for others to advise you, but since no one else has, I'll share my method:
I don't peel them anymore - too time consuming, and the family doesn't notice the difference in the tomato sauce.
I just soak them a bit to soften any dried particles on them, clean them off, cut them up into pieces after trimming out any undesirable spots.
Then I stew them till good and hot (just short of a boil).
I pack them into quart jars and process in a water bath - you don't have to pressure can tomatoes.
I put up 60 - 90 quarts a year of stewed tomatoes, and since I bought a juicer last year, we put up a lot of tomato juice as well - everyone loves it. I don't usually have the time to boil it down to make tomato sauce, paste, or ketchup.
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Judy in NC