Canning Chili, Using Home Grown Tomatoes!
Start With The Garden
The best tomatoes to use when making chili are the ones you grow in your own garden. Pick them when they are large, but before they become ripe. Picking them before they are ripe is important, because it will prevent little " critters" from eating part of the tomato, and leaving the rest to spoil. After you pick a green tomato you can leave it near a window, so it can still receive sunshine, it will ripen very quickly.
Once the tomato has ripened, place it in pot of boiling water, just for a few minutes. This will take the skin off the tomato, after it has cooled you can cut the tomato and remove the seeds. Take 1/3 of the tomatoes and put them aside.
Then take 2/3 of the tomatoes, and smash them into a vegetable drainer. This will remove everything but the juice.
Next take the 1/3 left and cut them in half. Remove the seeds, and cut the tomatoes into tiny chunks. Now you can start to make chili with the tomatoes from your own garden!
Using Your Own Tomatoes
Ingredients For Chili
- All Tomatoes, Sauce/Chunks
- 2 Pounds Ground Beef
- 4 Cans Black Beans
- 2 Tablespoons/or more Ground Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Packeges Chili Spices
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
Canning The Chili
- When it comes to canning anything with meat in it, a pressure cooker is needed. This is according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Their instructions for keeping food safe is the reason I use their website each time use my pressure cooker.
- Canning chili with beef- Fill a clean canning jar ( quart size ). Put a new lid on the canning jar each time you use it. Then make sure the canning jar is shut as tightly as possible.
- After all the jars are full of chili, put them into the pressure cooker. Then fill the pressure cooker with water, and tightly shut it.
- Since the chili that is being canned has ground beef, the pressure cooker needs to keep it's pressure cooker number at 11 pounds This will kill any germs that might make a person sick
- The pressure cooker needs to keep cooking at 11 pounds for 90 minutes. After the 90 minutes have ended, you can remove the pressure cooker from the stove. When it is cool enough, you can open the pressure cooker.
- When you remove the jars from the pressure cooker, listen for the lids to make a clicking sound. The lids will click in towards the inside of the jar. That means the food inside is safe. If a lid doe not click in, or if a lid ever clicks open, the food is not safe. Just through that jar of food away.
Your Garden and Canning
This year was kind of fun. Our garden gave us beans, carrots, potatoes, and a lot of tomatoes. They taste so much better when you cook them right after you pick them.
So far, I have canned all the vegetables and have started with stew, soup, and chili. It is fun to give a jar to friend. It surprised me how much people liked jars of vegetables from my garden. It is not only fun to keep your jars, it is also fun to give them away.
My only hope now, is to learn how to can jam or jelly. But, maybe that is going to take me a while. Last time I tried, I turned our strawberries into jelly almost as hard as a rock.
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