“What would life be without homegrown tomatoes? Only two things that money can't buy are true love and home grown tomatoes.”
- John Denver, 'Home Grown Tomatoes' (written by Guy Clark)
John Denver got it right. Americans, gardeners and canners have a love affair with homegrown tomatoes. The first bite every season stirs our memories, delights the taste buds and a brings a smile to any face.
Mrs.Wages fans will tell you nothing brings out the taste of your homegrown tomatoes like our ketchup, pasta, pizza and chili sauce mixes. And don’t forget all of our wonderful fresh salsas in flavors like jalapeno or fruit and cilantro. We believe canning not only preserves the wholesome garden taste for great cooking, but also connects us to each other. Grandmothers, friends, spouses, and communities get together for canning parties, joined by youngsters eager to learn this rite of the season.
To educate and inspire you, our bloggers share their memories, recipes and tips for canning delicious tomato dishes. Food in Jars’ blogger Marisa McClellan shares recipes for Whole Peeled Tomatoes, Basic Tomato Salsa and Tomato Jam.
Master Canner and extension veteran Shirley Camp shares the latest research on acidity along with other must-read canning tips.
Our friends at Nostalgia Farms, Walcott, IA, are also gearing up for the tomato harvest and share their favorite tomato varieties along with delicious Homemade Egg Noodles, Fresh Tomato Sauce, and Lime Basil Salsa.
From all of us at Mrs. Wages, enjoy the fruits of your tomato harvest along with the canning memories you’ll create along the way.
Whole Peeled Tomatoes
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Homemade Pasta Egg Noodle
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Lime Basil Salsa
A cheesecake that isn't for dessert. It's made with Mrs. Wages Classic or Jalapeno Salsa and a tortilla crust.
A spicy sauce featuring fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and onion straight from the garden.
An easy weeknight dinner. Try different toppings with Mrs. Wages prepared ketchup or salsa.
Change up your rice and flavor it with Mrs. Wages salsa. It's delicious!
Mrs. Wages, an avid gardener, storekeeper and canner more than a half century ago, was a practical canner who pleased family and friends alike with goodies straight out of her garden in Tupelo, Mississippi. Today, we still celebrate her heritage. We also know busy cooks and canners want fresh taste without a lot of fuss.
Mrs. Wages’ Pasta, Tomato, Pizza and Ketchup mixes
Fresh Salsa Flavors for Fresh Tomatoes
Tomato tips on canning
Veteran master canner and retired extension educator Shirley Camp shares her tips on safe tomato canning. From the importance of acidity to using tomatoes from flooded fields, read Shirley’s recommendations.
Acidity recommendations for canning tomatoes
Marisa says she’d give up a lot of canning goodies before she’d part with her tomatoes! Read about her plans for her pantry with her tomato favorites. For July, she shares her love of tomatoes preserved right in her 80-square foot Philadelphia kitchen.
Marisa’s Pantry Plans
Whole Peeled Canning Tomatoes Recipe
Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe
Tomato Jam Recipe
Mrs. Wages Giveaway at Food In Jars
Despite too much rain, strong storms and hail, the tomatoes are thriving at Walcott, Iowa’s Nostalgia Farms. Farmer Joe Dennis shares his favorite tomato varieties and many ways to serve up tomatoes fresh or canned.
Nostalgia Farm’s Weather and Tomato Update
Homemade Pasta Egg Noodle Recipe
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Lime Basil Salsa
Throughout the growing season, Mrs. Wages invites you to celebrate the harvest. We feature canning ideas and tips, unique recipes, gardening news, and invite you to share your own ideas and memories along with us. To receive the newsletter right in your inbox, sign up here.
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