I promise. They are on the camera and I am working on the post for those. I will be walking you through my steps of making tomato sauce. I figure it is one of the things I make the most of and I may as well take pictures of the process.
I’m starting to delve into the world of pressure canning as well. I will not even pretend to know much about what I’m doing there. So far it seems pretty straight forward. I’ve canned some carrots and a couple of quarts of chicken stock. I’m liking that I can put up meats and stocks and broths with the pressure canner. That will make me more willing to buy the cheap whole or even chopped chickens and cook them down for stock. I want to try this with beef bones too. Lots of experimenting to come.
In the mean time I am crazy buried in tomatoes. I’ve put up two quarts of whole today and I’m about to do some Roasted Red Pepper and Onion Ketchup. Yesterday or the day before I put up about 8 pints and 2 quarts of sauce. I could put up even more if I wanted since I have more tomatoes ready and our CSA is offering up more tomatoes. I’m getting to the point of being almost as sick of tomatoes as I was of zucchini. I have more zucchini too. Our CSA has a constant supply of this. Uff-da.
At least the chickens enjoy the zucchini and the scraps from canning. Right now I could use a pig as well. We might have to do that next year. We’ll see.
Fall is certainly starting to make itself known. The weather finally cooled off. At least it isn’t 100 degrees out while I’m trying to can. The days sure have gotten short too. I’m seeing I’m going to have to get the garden cleaned up and some mulch/manure dug in before too long. I should plant a Fall garden but I’m not too excited about that. I’m going to try leaving my potatoes and carrots in the ground for storage. Oh, and the parsnips. I need to try to get a handle on the weeds again. At least in amongst the weeds I have marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, and Calendula blooming. I’m hoping I can get even more going next year. I’ll probably have to keep it within the fence so the bunnies don’t get to them but I’ll give it a shot.
Sounds like my jars are finally hot so I should go get the ketchup processed.