Our tomatoes have been producing enough to eat on a very regular basis for the last few weeks, but on Sunday I had quite a few that were ready all at once so I decided to pick them and make my first batch of homemade sauce of the season! yum!
Last fall, I bought a Sauce Master, on sale at our local hardware store for just about half-price; and I was quite excited to break it out, put it together and see what it would do. Now the beauty of the Sauce Master was that you were supposed to be able to just pick your tomatoes, wash them, remove any stems, cut them (if necessary) and then proceed to just grind them up – this would be a huge timesaver from my previous method of placing the whole tomatoes in boiling water until the skins started to split then immediately transfer them to cold water and peel them – I thought that I lost a lot of tomato in that process.
I absolutely love my Sauce Master, very little waste and it does all the peeling and seeding for me – yippee! And the tomatoe puree that comes out of it is so thick – which means less cooking time!
I ended up with 3 and a 1/2 quarts of lovely, dark red sauce from just those few tomatoes! And I can’t wait to do more.
I still have a ton of tomatoes left to ripen/pick – so I’ll be very busy for sure; provided the plants don’t get any more stressed out.
We have two springs – one for the house and the other for the garden and office – on Friday the spring for the garden and office gave out – we haven’t had any rain in over 3 weeks – it hasn’t technically gone dry, it’s just so low that we can’t pump any more water out of it. Thankfully the main spring for the house is still ok – just low. So on Saturday, armed with a bunch of empty 5 gallon buckets we went down to the local boat launch and filled them up so we could water the tomatoes. Yup, just one more thing to do!
Oh wait…..yipee, it’s raining right now!
Have a great day!
Yeah, we got a 1/2″ of rain this morning!!!