This year's garden was really about experimentation. It is my first garden at our new place. It is also the first time I've kept a garden in Colorado. The thing I wanted to experiment with most was tomatoes.
We use a lot of tomato sauce around here which means we have been sending a lot of metal cans to the recycling plant.
I had learned to can last year, so this year I wanted to try tomatoes. I planted 9 roma tomato plants and 1 heirloom tomato plant.
I found a few resources and gave it a shot a couple weeks ago. I just made the sauce and did not can it since it resulted in such a small amount. It was pretty tasty though.
This time around I picked 11 lbs 5 ounces on Sunday and added that to the 4 lbs 6 ounces that we had left over from the previous couple of weeks.
I peeled the tomatoes by blanching in boiling water until the skins split then moving them to cold water. I put all of the tomatoes to my stock pot.
It's a good thing I didn't have more tomatoes, I think this is the limit of my pot. I boiled them down, smashing and stirring often. :-)
Since these tomatoes were destined for canning jars, I tried to remove the seeds by pushing the sauce through a strainer. It didn't work very well, so a food mill may be going on my To Acquire List.
I prepared the jars as recommended for water-bath canning, added the sauce and lemon juice and put the filled jars in the "canner."
The final result is 6 Pint-sized jars and a little extra that Hubba will be turning into delicious salsa. :-)
We also enjoyed a Caprese Salad yesterday with the Heirloom Tomatoes, Homegrown Basil and Fresh Mozzarella.
I will have many more tomatoes over the coming weeks. I'm thinking about drying some, but need to find out if the tomatoes should be peeled first. I hope not.
Hubba thinks this whole tomato growing effort is funny because I'm not a huge fan of raw tomatoes. But I am a huge fan of cooked tomato sauce... marinara sauce, salsa, enchilada sauce, tomato soup. Yep, I'm a huge fan of all of those. :-)