Blogging SF Chronicle: Canning Tomatoes with Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an expert on eating local, really local. Anyone who joined us during the first Re-nest Book Club (reading Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle) knows what we're talking about. She's also an expert on canning tomatoes, a topic we became interested in this summer after witnessing our mother's bumper tomato crop.

In a San Francisco Chronicle interview, Kingsolver talks about the benefits and the joys of canning homegrown tomatoes. Nutrients, value, tradition, fun ... Kingsolver makes a convincing argument.

Our favorite quote from the interview:

Barbara Kingsolver on commercially canned tomatoes: "Tomatoes bred for industrial production are lower in lycopenes and every other nutrient except fiber, which has been increased by more than 1,000 percent - so they can be dropkicked during shipping, I suppose"

Now, if only the Chronicle had included Kingsolver's favorite canning recipe, then we'd have been truly thrilled.

Do you can your own tomatoes?

image via SFGate.com; Katy Raddatz

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