As I knowingly predicted several blog posts back I am now sitting on a TON of tomatoes. I love tomatoes and I can put them in everything but I can only eat so many at a time and I can only chop so many of them into the salad or put on my eggs. That being said I don't want to waste any. So where does that leave me? In a pickle. What do I do with all these tomatoes?!? In my case....you break them down and you store them for later use.
|Homegrown tomatoes chopped up on my homemade pesto sauce!|
Last week marked my first exploration into making tomato sauce from actual tomatoes. I didn't know were to begin or how the heck one would do such a thing. So I turned to my trusty friend the "interweb" and googled my heart out. After reading many websites and several different recipes for creating said sauce I decide to combined some of the advice I had red and do my own thing.
|Slicing the bottoms of my Tomatoes |
with X's on the bottom
After all the tomatoes were ready I kind of mashed all the fruit together with my hands creating a soupy tomato pulp. I put all the liquid and pulp together in a very large stock pot and brought it up to a boil. I turned the heat down to med/low and let it cook for an hour or so. After it had reduced down quite a bit I turned off the heat and let the liquid cool. Once the liquid cooled I ran the whole thing through the blender rendering everything equally smooth. I pulled the top off that blender and you know what I tasted? Liquid Tomato!! Amazing.
Now there was no other taste in this juice besides the fruit. I only had tomatoes so when I get to the point where I want to use this for soup or a tomato based sauce I will need to season the liquid up and possibly add some tomato paste to thicken but other wise I created my very own homegrown tomato sauce! I was so proud of myself for using up all those tomatoes. And at the rate the garden is still going I think I will be doing several more batches to put in my freezer.
When I lived in NYC I never really felt the need to keep a lot of items in the freezer. I hardly had any back up foods or homemade sauces. It feels so good to have a freezer full of home grown tomato sauce. And now I not only have homemade tomato sauce but I also have several batches of Zucchini soup also grown from my garden. I have 3 very large freezer bags of cubed squashes, also from my garden and a couple batches of frozen pesto that I made from my garden basil! I also have a very large amount of homemade chicken stock that I cooked up last winter when I made several roasted chickens. My little homestead is moving along.
Okay until next time think good thoughts that I am not overrun by my plants.