The Mother Load

15Jul14

Look at all these vegetables! Our 34 tomatoes plants are producing like crazy. This won’t be the last of our harvest!

My favorite is the Black Krim heirloom tomato plant a friend gave us. They taste like a tomato should. We also have yellow cherry tomatoes that are very sweet.

Three large pails of tomatoes were what we harvested last night! You just have to do something when you’ve got that much. It has to be canned.

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Yellow Marinara

We started by roasting yellow cherry tomatoes and some garlic and food processed them. I added the mixture to a pot and added white wine, balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs. It made the most prettiest yellow marinara sauce. It didn’t make quite a quart after I used the food mill to remove the seeds, but it is a nice sweet sauce.

Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Root Veggies

After I got the marinara started, we decided to roast our root veggies (carrots, beets, garlic, onions, red and purple potatoes) for dinner later. I love tossing them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sticking them in the oven at 425 for about 30 minutes. It’s pure heaven! It really brings out the sweetness in all the veggies.

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Our Roma tomatoes are great for sun drying, so I always reserve them for that. Half of our harvest of Romas filled my 5 tier dehydrator. This will take about 2 days to dehydrate.

Roasted Salsa with Corn

Roasted Salsa with Corn

We decided afterwards that we still had too many tomatoes, so we decided to make salsa. It’s quite an undertaking and takes a good deal of kitchen space (and cleaning), but it’s well-worth the effort! We roasted about 5-7 pounds of tomatoes, food processed half the batch and cut up the rest. Chunky salsa is where it’s at for us. Since we grew corn and jalapenos, we added them, with onions, cilantro, lemon, lime, lime zest, salt, pepper and my favorite ingredient, Salsa Lizano (a Costa Rican product). This made about 10 quarts of salsa.

After all the recipes were done and ready, we started canning it all. Since they were all high-acid foods, we are used our new water-bath canner.

When we lowered the last jars into the canner, we were surprised by one of the Ball jars breaking when it hit the boiling water. Needless to say, it was a mess in there and we just had to let the rest of them boil in it and clean the outside of them afterwards.

It’s kind of funny, when I woke up, I thought we were going to be weeding the flower bed, but we ended up canning. I’m glad we did. We had to do something with all our produce. It won’t be the last of our canning for the year. I plan to have a little canning party with my friends next. I am looking forward to the company and the help.

 

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