|Step One: Wash Away the Dirt|
|Step Two: Boil Until Soft|
|Step Three: Drain to Remove Excess Water|
Step three: Once the tomatoes have softened scoop them out of the water and into a clean basket or bushel lined with an old tablecloth. Put weight on top on the tablecloth so the excess water is drained from the tomatoes and then allow them to cool slightly. Add more tomatoes to your boiling water.
Step four: Have your tomato press set up on a table. I wouldn't recommend using a glass top table. Set up a large pot or pail below the machine but elevate it so it doesn't splatter everywhere. Use an shallow pan on the left side to catch the peels and most of the seeds. Do not throw them out right away as you can normally pass them through the machine a second time but not more than that or it may jam up on you.
|Step four: Strain|
Fill jars to the neck and then put the lids and covers on them tightly. Once done line them into a VERY large pot or old metal barrel if you have one and fill with cold water until all the jars are covered. You should use old towels, table clothes or cardboard around the jars inside to keep them from banging against each other or the sides once they begin boiling or they'll break. Cover pot with a cardboard.
|Put in jars with Fresh Basil|