It’s Tomato Time

August 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

You’ll have to pardon the brief interruption from our century home restoration: its canning season.

I’ve been making and canning peach chutney for a few summers now, and I’ve made curried pickles before, as well as red pepper jelly and cranberry sauce, and now I can add tomatoes – a bushel of tomatoes. When I purchased my bushel of tomatoes a sweet elderly lady took one look and said to me: You have a lot of work to do. I nodded, smiled and said: I suppose I do. Little did she know that I recently splurged and bought myself a Vitamix. Big deal you say? Let me tell you, all I had to do was give my tomatoes a scrub, slice off the core, slice the tomatoes in two, fill up the Vitamix and process at five on the speed dial for five seconds. Total prep time for one bushel of tomatoes using the Vitamix was about 45 minutes. Yes, I kept the skins on, but the Vitamix processes them in such a way that you don’t even see them. I only processed them a bit so they were diced, but the skins magically disappeared. If you want to check out some fun times with tomatoes, check out Clay and Zach at the Bitten Word. These guys raw packed their tomatoes; I used the hot pack method.

I think I will pickle some beets next: the golden ones; they might be a bit easier on the stain factor… and then some bread and butter pickles because these don’t seem to last very long in our house and the pickles available to us in the grocery store come all the way from Indonesia. That just seems wrong… and if I can muster up the energy (and time) why not make some sauerkraut. I think the influences of living in an old house and longing for simpler (?) times is driving my motivation to can the summer harvest (the local farmer’s market harvest, not mine). That and it would appear we have a new/old ghost living with us again that seems to approve of my canning. Whoever this is has turned on the basement light on two occasions; I assume to lure me to the shelves of old mason jars stored down there.


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  • 1. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen  |  September 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Now that you have a vitamix- I am pretty sure your life (or the food you eat) will ever be the same. Cheers to tomato loving.


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