Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tomatoes


The gardens were exploding with ripe, red tomatoes this evening, and even after throwing a fair share to the chickens because of large bad spots, I still brought 40 pounds into the house and began a pot of boiling water to blanch the skins off of them. Autumn peeled them after they were in the ice bath, and I cut them and sent them through the food mill. We now have a roaster full of sauce in the oven, and a crock pot full on the counter. Tomorrow I hope to add spices, onion and garlic, and turn it into spaghetti sauce to be canned for the winter. Convenience food sometimes takes a little more time and thought than running to the grocery store and grabbing a jar from the shelf, but it's worth it!



8 comments:

Nadine said...

Wow...what a blessing! Our tomatoes are still small and green, as we are having below normal temps here in the Northwest. I am sure that your house smells wonderful with the sauce cooking!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Amanda L said...

I've got green beans in the canner right now, and another batch waiting for the first one to finish. Out tomatoes aren't quite ready yet. I do a lot of plain canned tomatoes, we love to put a jar in the fridge to get cold, and eat them right from the jar.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Wonderful! Ours are coming along - got some grape tomatoes today! Yum!

Deanna

Bonnie said...

Absolutely worth it!

Anonymous said...

Tomato plants here are barely producing this year due to the heat and draught. We've gotten enough to have fresh tomato but not enough to prepare and freeze as I've done in the past. Susan - Penless Writer

Shug said...

Nothing better than good ol' home canned foods...
Great job...

Margo said...

lovely. we aren't getting many tomatoes from our plants - just for eating. I plan to do tomatoes in August but oh my holy cow, this HEAT is enough to make me give up all my homemaking.

Tully Family said...

How many tomatoes did you plant? I'm thinking through our garden for the spring & tomatoes are high on this list. I'd like enough to can diced tomatoes & some sauce.

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