Do you want to stop by and get a few tomatoes?
My tomatoes are everywhere.
As fast as I give them away, they multiply like the Biblical loaves and fishes. “Thank you, Lord”! :)
This will be the third huge pot of sauce that I’ve made to freeze…making dinner for my son’s tribe and me here, and then freezing the leftover sauce. That’s just basil leaves from the garden thrown right in…
This latest round had bits of cooked meat from the freezer…a hodgepodge of Italian sausage, ground beef, and ribs. The prior batches were simply vegetables only. ( tomato, garlic, pepper, onion, & sweet basil )
Running out of freezer space, the next bout will be canning, but I do try to share the bounty with neighbors and family first, and use these any way that I can. First of all, the grandkids can kill 10 tomatoes at one snack sitting…next, I make summer vegetable soups with tomatoes added in. Here’s one variety…the corn is fresh / cut off the cob.
Then there’s the standard tomato sandwich, tomatoes with eggs in the morning, tomatoes as a side, tomatoes in salad, and adding tomatoes to standard recipes such as roasted cauliflower.
There’s Bruschetta, and zucchini and tomato recipes…Jane over at Blondie’s Journal had a beautiful tart recipe not too long ago…
Roasting is another option. I can do a full cookie sheet or just a cake pan. Sliced tomatoes, basil and onion roasting in a 350 degree oven for about an hour….the scent is wonderful, and then they can go into freezer bags to add to soups and stews over the winter.
As to the secret of my bounty this year ? I did the same thing as last year, basically. I don’t have all that many tomato plants ( maybe just 10 or so ) but I have a mixture of standard Early Girl ( 2 ) purchased as plants at the garden center, 1 Roma, 1 Cherry tomato ( also purchased as plants ) and then the remainder are started from seed. The seeds were 1/2 package left over from last year…they are Heirloom Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, and they are phenomenal! I can’t recommend them enough.
Because I did it this way, though…I had tomatoes all the way through the season…and at this point, have quite alot. So do you want any? Stop by :)
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