Step 6: Finishing Up
Once I got the stock jars in the canner, I began serious cleanup: four pots, a large colander, a large bowl, a blender, spoons, a ladle, a masher, knives, and the tomato mill. The counter beside the double sink was holding the day's results, one half of the double sink held a loaded drainer, and the overflow went out onto the deck rails in the sunshine.
From the bushel of Roma tomatoes I got:
- 12 pints of tomato sauce
- 12 pints of tomato stock
- 6 quarts of tomato pulp (for the freezer)
- a jar of extra sauce (for immediate use)
- a jar of extra pulp (for the fridge and later use)
Even with trimmings from the celery and herbs I used in the stock, I didn't fill my two quart kitchen compost bin.
I started processing a little after 9:30 in the morning and was finished at 3:30 in the afternoon.