Those tomatoes are about to get the best of me! The last few days, I’ve picked about 15 pounds each day . . two overflowing grocery bags per day. There are cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes, lots of Romas, and several other varieties. Some of the tomatoes are over a pound each! This is by far the most tomatoes I’ve produced in a very long time. At one point, I thought I wasn’t going to get any tomatoes! We had those late freezes and frosts and I guess my tomatoes just got a slow start but once they got started . . they don’t seem to be slowing down at all. I was chatting with a friend this afternoon and said “I might leave the gate open tonight and see if the deer will come in and eat them all!”
I canned tomatoes once while Chad and Nicole were here and then spent most of Monday canning what I had picked while they were here. This morning I had the tomatoes from Tuesday, Wednesday and today, along with what I picked Monday afternoon. It was a little over 60 pounds of tomatoes! I kept out a few of them for slicing and a few of them needed to get a bit riper but here’s what I did:
- 6 quarts of plain tomatoes
- 12 pints of basil/garlic tomato sauce
- 12 pints of pickled cherry tomatoes
- 12 half pints of tomato jam
And I just went out and picked more . . what shall I make with all of these??
I’m glad we’re grilling steak outside tonight. I’m not sure I have the energy or desire to stand at the stove and cook!