Saturday, August 27, 2016

Talking tomatoes

My annual right of passage as I herald in Fall, is canning of tomatoes over Labor Day. Farmer friend will be away that weekend, asked me to come over and get them now as they have just soooo many ripe ones! One plant easily filled a bucket for her. Organic, locally grown tomatoes for $20. I also  2 doz eggs and some egg plant for an additional $10. I will be canning soon, even if I do so in batches vs my usual marathon.

8 comments:

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I would have to do it in batches these days, as my back complains after the least little time on my feet. I did most of it sitting down anyhow, at least the peeling and cutting parts. I've only done a batch or two of this and that these past few years. For two people it's barely worth the expense of the lids and I'm not growing much of my own these days either. Just weeded a bit after dinner and I do have some green peppers and some beets finally getting to a decent size, and still have some later planted romaine, and herbs of course but have not dried any yet this year. I should dry parsley because I have so much. I don't need it--but I could give it as Christmas gifts! Perhaps this week, I could get some going. I have no appointments and nothing out of the ordinary this week, so I might find the time.

I used to have a friend who grew a large garden and after she canned her 100 or so jars of tomato products, she would call me to come and glean what I wanted from her remaining plants. That would easily be a bushel for free, and more if I had the energy. Unfortunately she passed away a couple years ago. I miss her, more than for her garden, as she was an expert to question on all matters of gardening and cooking, and fun besides.

Belinda said...

Oh, how nice Carol! You'll be busy, busy canning those this coming week. Can't wait to see the finished product. Hearing the canning jars ping is one of my favorite things. :)

Anne in the kitchen said...

Enjoy the process! I love home canned tomatoes!

Busy Bee said...

Awesome price! I love having home canned tomatoes on hand. Wish I was closer I'd come help can. I thoroughly enjoy it, but I am finding we aren't using as much lately.

CTMOM said...

Busy, I moved to just pints a few years ago, this size works well for me. I use a lot of tomatoes. Come Winter, we will be thankful to have what I call "Summer in a jar" -the taste is simply superior to commercially canned products.

Lili said...

Those tomatoes are beautiful, Carol! And I agree with Belinda, I love the sound of the lids pinging. Will you let us know how many pints you get from those tomatoes?

Linda said...

Those will be delicious. I wish I had tomatoes and energy to can them! The price was right, too!

Ellie said...

It's terrific that you can pick your own tomatoes. I tried growing some in order to have them to can. My crop didn't do well. It's been too hot here.
I like to make and can my own spaghetti sauce as I have high blood pressure and I can control the sodium. My uncle says I need 20 pounds of plum tomatoes to get one batch. I guess I'll have to buy them. I looked for plum tomatoes at the Farmers Mkt, but the vendors didn't plant any this year. Guess I'll have to settle for buying a case from the grocery store.
Happy canning!

Ellie