So I went to the market and came home with this.
That there is 37 lbs of tomatoes. Thank you to Deep Roots Farm for those red orbs of summer sunshine. We bought them on Saturday, and on Sunday we did our magic with them. On the radar? Tomato sauce.
We use tomato sauce all of the time. On pizza, on veggies, in pasta dishes: you name it we use it. And I remembered the Family Secret Tomato Sauce from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Family recipe. Quantity. I was on it.
Getting the tomatoes ready is time consuming. Wash, blanch, peel, core and rough chop. But what was really handy was my emersion blender. No need to use a food mill (I don't have one anyway) when you have an emersion blender.
With this recipe, all of those great spices and flavors go in. Basil, honey, onions, oregano, lemon peel, thyme, parsley, garlic powder, cinnamon, nutmeg...
And despite my diligent list making, prep and shopping, there was one thing I had forgotten. Darn it.
I didn't have a pot big enough for all of that tomato puree. See the problem?
A few phone calls later, I had two big pots.
Cook it down some and the most delicious smell fills the house. Pints filled, quarts filled, hot water bathed and those jars are put up for winter. Here are a few of the first ones...
But there were still tomatoes to deal with. The remaining 7 lbs were slow roasted over the coming two days, and then frozen. Have you tried slow roasting your tomatoes yet? Thanks to Alanna's wonderful blogging about it last year, I tried it for the first time, and I couldn't miss doing it again this year. They are so good, so flavorful, and so easy. See how you line them all up? Drizzle the pan with olive oil and herbs, place your halved tomatoes face down.
And then into the oven for a good 8-10 hrs and voila. You have slow roasted tomatoes.
Slip off their skins, and pop them in freezer bags, and into the freezer. You'll have delicious tomatoes for use in all kinds of things this winter. Tomatoes, tomaters: they're one of my favorite things of the summer. And with a days work, we can enjoy them all winter.