This is a bushel of tomatoes, folks. In my urban shopping cart. Two boxes, $7 each this year (it varies from $4-8, depending on the growing year).
I fetched the tomatoes from market early one morning, came home and fed my family breakfast, then went back to do the regular market shopping with Ben in tow, his eye on treats from the standholders. I did not can tomatoes that day, in case you wondered.
First, pizza sauce from the Simply in Season recipe. I do not bother to peel the tomatoes - just whiz them in the food processor.
Now, after a few hours of simmering, the sauce is richer and darker. A friend stopped by in the evening to work on our ailing laptop, and sniffed the air so appreciatively.
Then, I set aside the good part of Thursday to deal with the rest of the tomatoes. First I made salsa, again using a Simply in Season recipe. I think that for the fourth year in a row, I still did not add enough hot peppers. Hot peppers are just so darn unpredictable!
Then the remaining tomatoes were peeled and canned as whole tomatoes - just cored, peeled, and smushed down in jars. Ben, age 3, washed and fetched all the tomatoes for me. Genevieve, almost 6 years old, peeled many of the tomatoes! I dunked them in the boiling water, then in the cool dishpan water. She fished them out and peeled them with her fingers. Wonderful children.
From a bushel of tomatoes, I got:
12 pints pizza sauce
11 pints salsa
16 quarts whole tomatoes
And now, the final things on my 2011 canning list are apple chutney (also from Simply in Season) and applesauce. Welcome, autumn!