Tomato Fever

IMG_20140913_162610Canning season is in full flush. I have 12 quarts and 33 pints of peaches in the cupboard. I have 12 pints of salsa (14 total including the two that we’re just eating) and 7 quarts of plain tomato sauce done. (Plus about 4 quarts in the freezer)

IMG_20140919_141920I still have 2.5 boxes of tomatoes left and there are so many things I want to do with them it’s a little bit paralyzing. Having so much choice is a lucky situation to be in. After a week of being so broke I woke up in a money panic every morning I find myself mentally knocking on wood every few hours that payday came and I was able to pay my phone bill, buy 150lbs of tomatoes, and beer. Those two boxes of tomatoes are only 50lbs of the total. I had to make three trips to the farm to get my tomatoes home.

IMG_20140915_174253Side note: please don’t buy meat in big disrespectful bags like this. It looks like trash and that was once an animal, a living breathing being. I understand eating meat is the norm for many people including my own son and husband – but do it respectfully or don’t do it at all.  It’s much better to eat no meat than to buy it like this.

IMG_20140920_205501I dislike most salsa recipes in the canning books so I’m working on my own recipe now. It’s going to take a couple of years to perfect, I’m sure, but this first batch is pretty damn good. No bell peppers or cucumbers or carrots in my salsa, please! This batch is made with: tomatoes, onions, pickled jalapenos (because I need to use mine up, otherwise it would just be fresh ones), Mexican oregano, garlic, a ton of fresh cilantro, and some lime juice and salt.

IMG_20140920_213924Night canning results in me staying up several hours afterwards to wind back down. Last night I was up way too late and ended up falling asleep at my desk. I need to knock this off. I feel like a wreck today as a result. I have two and a half boxes of tomatoes left and here are the things I’m thinking of doing with them:

Summer vegetable soup to freeze (with corn, green beans, new potatoes, zucchini, and basil)

Ratatouille to freeze – I only have a few jars of it and it’s such a great thing to pull out of the freezer in cold(ish)* weather and serve over polenta.

Bruschetta topping – I’ve never canned this but I’m definitely going to try a recipe I have for this.

Black bean soup to freeze – with corn, lots of tomato, summer squash, cilantro, pickled jalapenos, and lime juice.

I think I better get my ass dressed if I hope to get anything at all done with those toms today. Which should I do first? Bruschetta topping, probably. Followed by the ratatouille.

I miss writing and I need to get more things listed in my Etsy shop but tomato canning season is something I look forward to all year and I don’t feel right if I haven’t put a lot of good stuff in the pantry and freezer. I’m such a damn squirrel.

3 thoughts on “Tomato Fever

  1. Tonia

    Hey Angelina!
    I just wanted to say hi. I am so impressed with your food preserving skills. My garden’s bounty was rather on the pathetic side this year. It was hotter than Hades this summer and I am a delicate flower that wilts in the heat…..snort. I did not give the garden the love and attention it needed.
    -tonia

  2. angelina Post author

    TONIATONIATONIA! I have missed you so much! So good to hear from you! (Are you blogging again? If so – please give me the url) My fellow delicate flower, I hear ya, it has been pretty mild here for the most part (according to non-delicate flower standards) but even so, I struggled to keep mine watered too. My tomatoes did really well and I had some good summer squash harvests but my lettuce failed to sprout and my cucumbers didn’t do so well and most my herbs bolted except for the thyme planted near the roses, comfrey, and sage.

  3. Tonia

    I have missed you too. I have to admit I have been reading your blog semi regularly, though the act of commenting has seemed overwhelming, when there is so much to catch up on. No new or old blog for me. I have forgotten all my old passwords to the old one! I am on Pinterest-what a pit of lost minutes that is.
    Almost all of my pumpkins wear the gnaw marks of cute furry rodents. That has been most vexing, as I love a good pumpkin patch this time of year. My Dad’s garden (he lives in Oakridge) was crazy productive and my step mom, is an amazing food preserver. I am hoarding the jars of pickled beets she gave me. They are so good.
    Hope your day is productive and happy!

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