Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
It’s here! I asked the guy how long he’d have them and he thought maybe into next week but they’re already dwindling. Italian prune plums have such a small window and so few farmers grow them. They’re probably a fickle fruit. Only a fickle fruit would be this tasty. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, June 6th, 2011
So, I saw this a while back and thought it was a totally brilliant idea. I’ve been looking and looking for just the right container and couldn’t seem to find one. Finally today I found an old Coleman cooler with the right kind of spout on it so I bought it. It’s way less cute than the one in the picture but perfectly functional and the bubbles work too! Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, September 5th, 2010
I’ve been asked about canning tomatoes so I thought I’d write up a closer look at how I did it. In a lot of ways I think jams are easier but tomatoes are in season so I’ll start here and move back to jams and jellies in a week or two. Just in time for my case of concords! Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
I always say things like ‘this is the last time I’ll mention it’ or ‘I’m totally done complaining now’ but, with regard to the tomatoes, I’m not quite there yet. Almost but not quite.
At the end of it all I have 20 pints and 3 quarts of tomatoes. I only broke 1 jar and only almost blew the house up once. That a success, right? Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Chief Equipment and Icebath Officers that is. We’re elbow deep in tomatoes here but slowly digging our way out. Chase actually helped me a little before I let her loose in that bowl of ice water there.
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Saturday, August 28th, 2010
I bought about 40 pounds of organic heirloom roma tomatoes with absolutely no plan for them. Stay tuned on that one. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
So I processed 4 pints of salsa last night. This place smelled like the Old El Paso factory. Of course by morning the smell of the salsa had mingled with some ripe bananas and coffee and it smelled, very strangely, more like Trader Joe’s. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Another gratuitous baby picture… sorry. We’ll be back to pictures of filled jars tomorrow. That’s because I spent $50 at the market this weekend and am determined not to let anything go bad. So I’ve been cooking my little fingers to the bone. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Let’s just all go ahead and cross pickle packer off my list of potential careers. Why do I torture myself with pickle making?? My house smells like hot vinegar. Probably because I’m boiling a giant pot of it. There are dill fronds all over the kitchen. …back to slaving over the stove making pickles that I’ll never eat.