Thursday, October 11, 2012

My new toy

This summer we grew a ton (and I mean a ton) of tomatoes. We ate a ton and the rest I cut up and froze till I could borrow a food strainer to process all my Roma's into sauce. Towards the end of summer, we were getting sick of eating the Grape and Beef Steak tomatoes, so I chopped them all up and froze them all.

Three gallon sized bags, 2 quart and one sandwich sized bags full. Then the hubby said to go ahead and buy myself the strainer I wanted. This showed up this past Monday afternoon:

My food strainer and additional screens for pumpkins, berry's, grapes, and salsa. So I put all my tomato bags into the fridge to thaw out. I had to dump out a lot of water from the ice melting.

 Here it is all set up, just ignore my clean dishes in the background. hehe

In use. Look at all the yummy tomato goodness.

Full pot of sauce cooking on the stove to thicken it up a little. It was still very thin even after letting it simmer for a long time and adding tomato paste. Still smells yummy though.

Leftover tomato skin and seeds for my compost bin. I wonder if any tomato plant will start to grow?

All canned and cooling on the counter. I got 8 pints out of all those tomatoes. Not bad for a first time.

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