Summer is quickly winding down on the homestead. Days are cooler and shorter now. Every housefly, spider, garter snake and bug is trying to get in my screen door right now looking for a warm winter home. After many weeks of no rain we have finally had a rainy spell set in and it looks like it is going to stay for awhile. Even with the rain I have plenty in the kitchen to do without having to go out into the rain.
When you grow tomatoes you know that when it rains on ripe tomatoes they are just like giant sponges hanging on those bushes. They absorb every drop of water they can and then they split. Once they absorb that water you have to cook them that much longer to get the water out. So we picked our fruit before the rain. Lined up like little red soldiers on porch railings and tables awaiting their turn for the pot.
The crockpots are full of tomatoes happily bubbling away.
That goes for the roasters too! Everything I own right now has been put to use cooking down tomatoes. Allowed to cook slowly on low overnight the next morning I rise to the smell of tomato sauce thick and juicy and ready to be pureed down into sauce.
With plenty of fruit to experiment with right now I am also dehydrating tomatoes for tomato powder to store.
This is something new that I am experimenting with to use as a substitute for tomato paste and to add to soups. I will let you all know how it works.
But for now I go to bed every night to the sound of jars sealing. Not a bad way to be serenaded.
I am almost finished with tomatoes not that I am running out by any means of the imagination but rather because I have over 100 quart jars of tomato sauce in my pantry. Not counting stewed tomatoes or tomatoes and okra. I have to stop somewhere.
Stop me please ...........
Some lucky neighbors will be the recipients of my over abundance of tomato crop. It is time to move on to the next crop. We will continue to gorge on fresh tomatoes in salads and suppers until the frost comes. But the bulk of the tomato canning is winding down.
For such a slow start to the tomato patch this year it ended up being a bumper crop but just a little late to ripen like most of the crops this year.
How many of you out there are winding down on your tomato crop?
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter
As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~ Adabella Radici