Need Help With Canning Tomatoes?

— Written By Susan Condlin and last updated by Kay Morton

Canning can be a safe and economical way to preserve quality food at home. Disregarding the value of your labor, canning homegrown food may save you half the cost of buying commercially canned food. Canning your favorite food to be enjoyed by family and friends is a fulfilling experience and a source of pride for many people. As the fresh produce season in Lee County comes into full bloom, tomatoes are plentiful and can easily be canned.

If you have never canned before, you may be hesitant in canning by yourself. For those of you who would like to learn how to can or need a refresher course we will be holding a beginner’s step by step, hands on class for canning tomatoes on Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. Class size will be limited and registration must be paid in advanced. There is an $8 registration fee for the canning tomatoes class. Participants are asked to bring 4 pounds of washed tomatoes. All other supplies will be provided.

If you are unable to attend the class, Extension Staff are available daily to answer questions and guide you through the steps. During the summer months we will be checking pressure canners at the Extension Center, 2420 Tramway Road and have several pressure and water bath canners that we loan out for a three-day period.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been a reliable source of food preservation information for over ninety years. Our food preservation
resources are endless. For more information call Cooperative Extension at 919-775-5624.