Well, I am sure that all eight of my loyal followers have been waiting with bated breath for the second installment in my canning adventures, so, here you have it...
After my foible with jam I thought I'd move onto something a bit more manageable... TOMATO'S! I bought a lovely bunch of various colored cherry tomato's at our local city market. I layered the tomatos with garlic, basil, salt and pepper in my scrupulously cleaned jars and voila, I was nearly done! (Already I was loving the vegetables way more than the jams!)
Because of some crazy acidic magic that happens with the tomatos and air pressure these jars did not need to be boiled in order to form a seal. I put them on a baking tray and set the lids, loosely, atop the jars. After a while (unfortunately I cant find the recipe and can no longer remember the exact time, dur), I removed the tray and screwed on the lids!
This whole process was really simple and I would almost say that I was satisfied with my efforts, BUT.... unfortunately I did not pack my tomatos in the jars quite tight enough, so after the tomatos cooked and reduced size by about half, I was stuck with several jars of beautifully sealed half-full jars of 'maters! ahh, woe is me and my kitchen catastrophes. But don't worry, I did not give up on my culinary genius yet...there is still one more installment to come in my canning adventures... can you bare the suspense?!!!!!