is there any truth to tomatoes spoiling if you are canning during your menstral cycle? or using your hands to crush tomatoes for sauce during your menstral cycle?? sorry, i know its a crazy question but a nieghbor told me this and i am about to make homade spaggetti sauce from fresh home grown tomatoes.
Recalling a personal experience, I believe it to be true. My mother and grandmother both swear by it and have learned the hard way. I have canned many items from our gardens over the years. One year before I heard about this wives tale, I had helped mom and grandma can 190 quarts of tomatoes. After the first batch of 16 quarts was in the canner, I went to the bath room and when I came out I had to ask mom if she had any feminine products because I had started my period. They were both horrified and needless to say, my services were no longer required that day. They explained why and I didn't believe them, but was glad to have the rest of the day off from canning. I came back later in the afternoon to see that every single jar had sealed. However a week or so later, jars became un-sealing and the first 16 were in the back of the shelves. They were hissing at first and some were already turning brown. That was the batch I helped with and I am so glad I told them. Had I not mentioned it, there would have been all that wasted time , energy and tomatoes! I'm living proof!
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