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Written by Sue, Monday,July 29, 2013                beautiful, sunny, temps. 90's

I have been as busy as a bee in a honey suckle patch, and I am fulfilling a promise I made  to you a few years back, of sharing how I make my tomato meat sauce.
Last Friday I decided it was time to make said meat sauce, especially since I had most of the ingredients here on the farm. The number one rule around here is. "Always start with a clean kitchen and end with a clean kitchen. It just makes things so much easier. I canned 72 pints, not all stay here,I give 1/3 to my mom, 1/3 third to family and friends, and I keep 1/3 for myself.
(You might think this funny, but I love to walk by and gaze at these jars.)~smile~ 
My handy dandy equipment for canning, plus my pressure canner.
This is my trusty and all time favorite kitchen appliance. I call her 'Ellie Mae", I have had her for many years and she is so faithful.

Home grown tomatoes, delicious!!!

after tomatoes have been dropped in boiling water for one minute, I place them in ice cold water in the sink to cool, drain them. The peels just slide off so easy, I then core them, 
I bring them to a boil, set aside while I prepare the meat

To make things run more smoothly I gather all my ingredients together onions, garlic,,oregano, basil, parsley,hot peeper, bell pepper, were grown here on the farm. Other ingredients are lemon juice, salt, pepper, a little sugar to sweeten the sauce, mushrooms are optional, some I make with and some without. 
I have all of this chopped and ready to add to the meat once it is browned, and drained.

Brown the ground beef in olive oil, then drain any grease. This was 93% fat free organic beef, not much to drain.
add spices, and tomatoes, stir, then add tomato paste. cook until it thickens.
Almost ready, yummy for my tummy. For some unknown reason my family likes my meat sauce, hhhmmm, wonder why. Could it be a secret ingredient that I alway add... it is called "Love", and lots of it.

Have lids and caps boiling hot...

After pouring sauce in jars, wipe rims with a clean wet cloth, 

place lids and caps on jars,tighten and put in pressure canner process according to directions.
"Voila" meat sauce ready for spaghetti, pizza, or use on anything that requires tomato meat sause. this is so good, and really comes in handy, especially when in a hurry.
Lots of work, but well worth it!!

There is so much satisfaction in making your own sauce, especially when you are able to grow most of the ingredients yourself.
Hope to be back blogging regularly, very soon, A lot of things have been going on here on the farm, can't wait to share. And how is your summer going? 
Love, 
Sue

p.s. If you have any questions please feel free to ask or e-mail me at.. peartreelanefarmhouse@gmail.com
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~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

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