Yesterday I made 13 half pints and 2 full pints of salsa. I ran out of half pint jars so had to use full pints. I gave one to the neighbor. I also made 8 pints of spaghetti sauce.
A local farm has free recipes and I got them from there and was VERY happy to find the sauce tastes just like what I do to a can to doctor it up and it was all fresh! They also have "1st" tomatoes for 1.50/#, $1 for "2nds", and 50 cent per # for "3rds". These are the ones that are really ripe and perfect for canning! I think I only have about $15 in all of it because I did have to buy some tomato paste for the recipes. But considering how much this stuff is at the store, I am still saving a bundle, and helping a sweet family.
My tomatoes are starting to turn, and I used a few of mine in the sauce. I did not mind buying from the farm as I am eating mine as fast as they come off the vine! I am so happy to have found a couple varieties that I can eat without having a reaction. I am growing yellow jubilee, black krim and black russian. the regular red ones irritate my stomach. With these I only break out a little, lol!
I think the best part for me was looking at the recipe and when it called for 4 hot peppers, being able to go to the garden and hand pick them, much like they did in Mexico when I went to school there. I also used the last of the red and green bells from the freezer, while waiting for the greenand yellow bells to grow. I will have to buy some red bells but that's ok, I will just help support another farmer!
I may do another round of sauce, we shall see!