Tomato season in Nigeria is from about January to April. During this time of year you can buy a large basket of tomatoes for as little as $3. We were a little late and and had to pay about $12 for this basket. In July or August they are about twice this price. Therefore, many missionaries can them early in the year.
This was our first venture into the process and we thought we would share some of the experience with you.
The first step of course is to buy the tomatoes, but don’t forget your firewood.
After washing them then you take them to be ground into puree.
Then you build a fire in the back yard and cook the puree.
Once they are cooked down they are transferred to the stove in the house for final cooking and then the jars are filled.
We got 26 jars from that basket of tomatoes. Susan figured that each jar cost about $0.75 each. We are not sure why they turned the jars upside down, all but one of the jars sealed.