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Fall is Here

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Carbzilla

    Oh you’re so brave! It always seems so complicated. I do have a food mill though. We use it to make applesauce. Can’t wait to hear how this turns out. Way to go, Oregon Pioneer Woman! πŸ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Now that I’ve done it, it’s not as scary and I want to can some more stuff!

  2. Ashleigh @ Passion for Life, Love, and Health

    That sauce looks delicious!! I’ve never tried canning, but I like to batch cook a lot since I really don’t enjoy spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It seems to me that canning is fancy batch cooking, so I’ll have to try sometime!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Some day I will do that, too. What my plan is, is to get a freezer for the garage to put the proteins we buy from Costco and also freezer meals. I want to do the thing where you pre-make a bunch of crockpot meals and just pop them in!

  3. Biz

    I grew up canning – we canned everything from apples, green beans, tomato sauce, etc., so it’s in my blood. I was lucky to stumble upon a woman at a garage sale that sold me her WHOLE canning supply stuff for just $20 bucks, which INCLUDED about 50 jars!

    You can’t reuse the rings and lids, but obviously you can reuse the jars. I actually sanitize the jars in my dishwasher by themselves – and the rings and lids in hot water in a pot on the stove.

    It’s so sad by December when I open my last jar of salsa! Great job!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I bet garage sales are a great place to get mason jars.

  4. Carrie @ Season It Already!

    I adore tomatoes and have never done any canning. I didn’t know that they had kits like that!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I didn’t either. It was nice to find.

  5. Courtney

    I really don’t want to tell you this, but I’m worried that recipe isn’t safe for canning. Did you add any lemon juice or anything to your jars? I’m not sure that the ph level in the sauce is within the necessary amounts. A great resource is You did mention that you had a recipe book in the Ball kit that came in and that may have something that you followed to be sure the recipe is safe. If you are concerned about it, you can just freeze the jars as is and they will be fine.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Well bummer. Wish I’d known that before!

      1. Courtney

        I’m sorry! I feel really bad for pointing it out but better I feel bad then you get sick right. πŸ™ I hope your next experience is better. I love canning!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          No I appreciate it! I need all the help I can get. I put the jars in the freezer. Which is fine, because I told myself if the canning didn’t work, I’d just freeze it and I bought a bunch of tupperware for it. Hopefully the jars are ok in the freezer.

          1. bethh

            I was going to suggest freezing them! Courtney was right to point out the risk, and to recommend Food in Jars – it’s a great resource! But yes, it’s very important to follow the rules when canning, if you’re going to leave the product on the shelf for a while. Still, you have the mechanics down now, so off to a great start!

            p.s. it’s my fault about fall – I made an amazing Goodbye Summer cake on Sunday and it promptly got crappy out. Oops!
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          2. Lisa Eirene

            How dare you make that cake! I was hoping for a few more summery days! πŸ˜‰

  6. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Canning has been on my “to-do list” for years, but I still haven’t done it. I even bought a book, but it seemed all a bit complicated. Your tomato sauce sounds great!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s been on my list forever too.

  7. Dot

    The leaves are just turning here but the weather is very fall like…just wonderful. I was planning to attempt some canning this weekend, but alas a wisdom tooth decided it had to come out. I’m planning on some practice canning in October. I will try this sauce recipe. It just looks yummy.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sorry about your tooth! That is not fun. πŸ™

  8. Lori

    I love making jam. In fact, I have to make some strawberry jam tomorrow since they were on sale and I bought a lot!

    Canning is pretty specific in terms of recipes. Did your water cover the top of the jars when you put them back in the water bath? The water is supposed to cover the jars by an inch when processing. I have a big stock pot I use for canning, which can let me process 6 or 7 jars at a time.

    Once you get the hang of canning and understand the science behind it – you will get addicted!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yep, I had the water cover the top. It also sealed like it was supposed to. Apparently I was supposed to add lemon juice. Oh well. I popped them into the freezer. lesson learned!

  9. Coco

    I bet that sauce will be amazing!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I hope so! I want to have it with some gnocchi… πŸ˜€

  10. Roz@weightingfor50

    I LOVE canning, jamming and jarring!!!! Once you get the hang on it, its hard to stop!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I want to practice some more.

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