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Canning home-grown tomatoes

Richie Tinyes and Shari Vuotto as he puts

Richie Tinyes and Shari Vuotto as he puts tomatoes through a press and she ladles them into jars. Four generations of the Vuotto clan gathered in East Rockaway to prepare tomatoes for canning on Saturday August 28, 2010. Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

A Long Island family's tomato canning tradition

Maria Vuotto Tuosto tends tomatoes in her brother's
Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

Maria Vuotto Tuosto tends tomatoes in her brother's backyard. The tomatoes are being boiled to soften the skins before they go through the press. (Aug. 28, 2010)

This vat of pureed tomatoes will hold 30
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This vat of pureed tomatoes will hold 30 quarts, filled to the brim. The vat comes out once a year for tomato-jarring day. Four generations of the Vuotto clan gathered in East Rockaway to prepare tomatoes for canning. (Aug. 28, 2010)

Shari Vuotto, with her son Richie Vuotto, pours
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Shari Vuotto, with her son Richie Vuotto, pours tomato sauce into jars. (Aug. 28, 2010)

Richie Tinyes, left, and his wife, Angela, process
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Richie Tinyes, left, and his wife, Angela, process tomatoes. She is the daughter of Gerry and Shari Vuotto, who hosted the tomato jarring party in East Rockaway. (Aug. 28, 2010)

Richie Tinyes and Shari Vuotto as he puts
Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

Richie Tinyes and Shari Vuotto as he puts tomatoes through a press and she ladles them into jars. Four generations of the Vuotto clan gathered in East Rockaway to prepare tomatoes for canning on Saturday August 28, 2010.

Zach Tinyes, 3, inspects the jar lids during
Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

Zach Tinyes, 3, inspects the jar lids during the Vuotto family tomato jarring day. (Aug. 28, 2010)

The Vuotto family, with Angelina Vuotto, 94, center.
Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

The Vuotto family, with Angelina Vuotto, 94, center. At far right is Gerry Vuotto and next to him his sister Maria Vuotto Tuosto. Four generations of the Vuotto clan gathered in East Rockaway to prepare tomatoes for jarring. (Aug. 28, 2010)

The result of a day's work: 198 jars
Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

The result of a day's work: 198 jars of tomato sauce. (Aug. 28, 2010)

Gerry Vuotto's pizza made with cherry tomatoes and
Photo Credit: Sylvia Carter

Gerry Vuotto's pizza made with cherry tomatoes and basil from his own garden, with locatelli romano cheese and Greek oregano. (Aug. 28, 2010)

Gerry Vuotto's gemelli pasta with fresh tomato sauce,
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Gerry Vuotto's gemelli pasta with fresh tomato sauce, ready for a sprinkling of cheese and then serving. (Aug. 28, 2010)

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