We had beautiful weather in late July and early August with daytime temperatures in the 80's and night time temperatures in the 50's and 60's. unseasonable COOL for us. My warm weather crops languished in the fields! Nothing ripened nothing set fruit. Not the tomatoes or the okra. The sweet potatoes look like they are a month old. They will never recover. But in the last 2 weeks the mercury has soared and the temperatures have triggered ripening of both the tomatoes and the okra now has to be picked every day.
The downside is not a drop of rain in sight.
But Oh what a crop of tomatoes these are turning out to be! Huge pendolous tomatoes.
Softball size paste tomatoes.
It doesn't take many of these to fill up a roaster full of tomatoes to cook down. Once peeled with boiling water and cut up they are cooked down to reduce some of the water in them and then I ran my wand shredder through them to chop up any super large pieces. Then I just let them simmer while I get my okra ready.
I have a days picking of young cowhorn okra already washed, dried and ready to be sliced.
My mandolin chopper makes short work of that then it is ready to be blanched.
Simply run it through the microwave covered for 3 minutes to precook.
Hot okra in hot jars with 1/2 teaspoon of canning salt
Warm lids ready to go
Now add hot stewed tomatoes. remove air bubbles WELL with bubble tool. Leave 1 inch head space. Wipe rims and add 2 piece lids and rings. Pressure cook quarts at 10 pounds pressure for 35 minutes.
The left over tomatoes I just throw in jars and pressure cook with the okra/tomato combo. It will not hurt them at all to pressure cook them. That batch made 12 quarts of okra and tomatoes and 5 quarts and 2 pints tomatoes alone.
Greatest thing in the world to make a gumbo with or if I was In Louisiana and had a good mess of shrimp make a good roux, throw in some onions and peppers and a can of this okra and tomatoes and you have a wonderful Shrimp creole. Served over a bed of white rice, some crusty french bread to dip and oh my gosh I am making myself hungry : )
Just another way to use that okra!
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter