My mom taught me that traditional methods of canning rob your food of significant amount of nutrition, so we've had to come up with some alternatives this year as we harvested our first crop of our very own organic veggies! Here's what we did:
We chop the tomatoes
Then some get bagged and go straight into the freezer for chili or skillets meals.
Some also get turned into salsa and bagged and frozen. To prepare, run under hot water until thawed and add a bit of tomato paste to thicken the "broth". We eat a lot of salsa around here!
We chop the peppers,
and freeze them on trays (well, whatever doesn't go into the salsa), and then put the frozen pieces into ziplock bags. This means we can take out as much as we need for a dish without having to thaw out the whole bagful.
The hot peppers go in the oven on about 150 till they're dry. Then they're chopped into flakes in the Vitamix (don't breathe this in!!)
I'll also freeze our corn on the cob, and dry my herbs. Sorry no pics of that yet. And now my freezer is full and Sofi says we are ready for the winter!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....
(Lord, please don't take that too literally... It was really just poetic license. I'm sooo not ready for snow.)