Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I find it utterly amazing, that tiny 9 seeds can turn into plants that produce pounds upon pounds of tomatoes and it wasn't even that great of a year. I could say I'm finished with these love apples and call it quits on the tomato season of 2013, but as I tucked the tender pepper plants, yet again, under a tarp tonight, my eyes darted back and forth among the rather sad looking tomato plants and I spotted more ripe fruit than two hands could carry. There may just be another batch, though two might be pushing it, left out there and who am I to throw away a few quarts of red goodness. I can think of a few people around here who will be glad I did on some future wintry night.
By the way, I don't peel, core or remove the seeds before I cook tomatoes down into a sauce. Why expend that extra effort unnecessarily? I slice off the stem ends and any bad spots, quarter the tomatoes and throw them in the pot. Once they've reduced to a liquid, usually about two hours for eight pounds of tomatoes, I run it through the smallest setting of my food mill. Easy peasy and ready to can. And the trimmings? Why those go to the chickens. I can't step outside this time of year without the entire flock running towards me anxiously waiting for me to toss them some red love. Just ask Miss Pippy...
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