Last year, I dried tomatoes in my car. I put trays of sliced tomatoes in the back window, where the sun shined really strong all afternoon. The tomatoes were covered with cheesecloth to keep any insects out. It still took about 5 days to get them dry enough to call "dried" but I was told by someone over on SS that if they were really watery tomatoes, it would take a long time. They were. Maybe Romas would have dried faster. On the plus side, my car smelled great for quite a while after that!Ridgerunner said:It doesn't take care if that many of them, but have you tried drying tomatoes? I use my dehydrator to dry them, but the sun would probably work too if you can get the technique right, especially if you are having the weather we are. I've never tried it using sun power. Maybe need a net or screen to keep insects off?
I store my tomatoes in the freezer until I have enough to make a full canning. I'll freeze a bunch today. When I get to five or six gallons its time to decide how I want to can them, canned tomatoes, puree, or some type of sauce. That makes a full canning and I run out of freezer space about then.
Did you just cut up the tomatoes and pack in the jars? If you did, then the processing cooked the tomatoes and that's why you have settling in the jars. I always like to cook the tomatoes and pack them in jars in a hot pack. Congratulations and you can always come here and ask questions!AlienChick said:FIRST TIME canner here.
I figured I'd try my hand at canning tomatoes.
I was able to can 4 qt-sized jars of tomatoes that I cut up into quarters.
I probably could have packed the tomatoes in the jars better because it seems to be a whole lotta extra room now that they're sealed.
Anyway, it was my first time and I'm still learning.
I would post pics, but I'm too embarrassed cuz they don't look as "pretty" as the pics you guys post.
I'm still please with myself for doing this.
I also have a lot of okra to figure out what to do.
And I'll keep canning tomatoes, and one day I'll be good at it.