Our garden has been producing well. While most crops are petering out now that we are nearing the end of August, the tomatoes are still going strong. So far this summer, in addition to the ones we've eaten, I've processed 160 lbs of tomatoes, mostly by canning but some put up in the freezer. There are still more to be picked....Granny says they are coming out of my ears, though we have not yet harvested as much as we did last season! She has loved being here this summer to enjoy our fresh tomatoes, especially her favorite "pink ones" (Brandywine heirloom).
One way I have used the mounds of smaller paste, cherry, and pear tomatoes is by roasting several pounds at once along with garlic and onions, to make a flavorful sauce. One day for lunch I made pizza with a zucchini crust, topped with sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
The tally of jars stored away for the winter thus far is:
- 7 pints spicy tomato salsa
- 20 pints tomato sauce
- 27 quarts tomato sauce
- 3.5 quarts dill cucumber relish
- 6 pints zucchini relish
- 7 pints cinnamon cucumber pickle
- 5 quarts dill refrigerator pickle
What has been coming from your garden? Do you have a favorite recipe for preserving certain vegetables or fruits?