Lots of produce that I need to put up this weekend, so I thought I would put together a list for the sake of accountability. I’ve listed things in order of priority for my pantry, but this does not necessarily mean that I will tackle them in that order: Crushed tomatoes Shelf-stable salsa (small batch for emergencies) Ketchup Fermented dill pickles Pickled red onions Fermented serranos Charred serranos for freezer Escabeche (small batch for botana […]
I have put up 7 pints of shelf-stable tomato sauce and 5 pints of oven-roasted tomatoes in the freezer to date and that is just not enough to make it through to June 2017. 10 pounds of san marzanos getting processed tonight! Stay tuned to the ‘gram and twitterverse for the play-by-play.
I am not sure what kind of shape my tomatoes are going to be in tomorrow morning, but I suspect that they will be very, very, VERY ripe. Although my most coveted pantry is item is crushed tomatoes, I find that knocking out a batch of Basic Tomato Sauce first helps start my weekend processing without wearing me down. No blanching or peeling! I can usually get through a solid 6-7 lbs of the most ripe tomatoes as soon […]
This will be my fifth season of putting up tomatoes for my homemade pantry! I’m excited to get my sad, sad pantry back into top form, so stay tuned this coming weekend as I blanch, peel, and prep my first 20 lbs worth. I’ll start with a tentative plan tomorrow (on the blog) with links to some recipes and will be posting on Instagram and Twitter all weekend long with my favorite hashtag of the summer […]
All the rain means is making for a slow start to the beginning of my much beloved tomato season. A small batch of tomato sauce for immediate consumption (not the pantry) to kick off tomatolandia it is.
There are always at least a couple of weeks during the summer growing season that completely overwhelm me. I am smack dab in the middle of it right now. Wish me luck!
At 4:15 on Friday afternoon, I was certain that all my tomato plans for the weekend had been squashed. “No San Marzanos,” the email said. Oosh. I count on San Marzanos every year for the majority of my homemade pantry and I was more than a little bummed out by the news. Decided to head out anyways and came home with 10 lbs of large homegrown and 10 lbs of a yellow tomato mix (sungolds + lots […]
My stash of tomato preserves has taken a hit over this winter break. I may be relying on it too heavily. Dialing use back a few notches to make sure it lasts us through May/June. What’s left: 9 pints crushed, 4 pints basic sauce, 6 pints roasted green + freezer stash.
I hope that I have many seasons of tomato canning ahead of me, but for now I am relieved to store the space-hogging canning pot. 60 lbs is the official tally for 2014 (give or take a few pounds for fresh salsa and dinner prep). I used my existing pantry and last year’s plan to help guide my quantity goals this year. The dedicated tomato shelf is happy. Here’s what I now have on hand: Ketchup – […]