since our tomatoes haven't done much (though we finally have a few pinkish romas and slicers!) i convinced tex that we should buy fifty pounds of seconds from a farm down the road. he was dubious about spending the money but agreed to it anyway, knowing how much his wife loves tomatoes and canning tomatoes. i wanted to make something we'd truly use up throughout the year, and figured i'd save the "fun" recipes (salsa, jam, etc) for any tomatoes that do make their way out of the garden. anyway, none of the seconds were paste (i knew that going into it), so when cooked down to a slightly runny form they filled 18 pint jars. cost-effective? not entirely, since i could buy a 28 oz of store-brand crushed tomatoes for $0.95. but local, delicious, and satisfying? hell yeah.
ps - one of my other canning photos made it onto the canning across america website today!