Just when I think that my life can't get any crazier this first month of summer I am proved wrong.
Oh so wrong....
Tues. morning I took my mother-in-law to the airport and was planning on getting a bunch of sewing done that needs to take place. However, before that on Monday I got a call from my friend Jenny about a slamming deal on tomatoes. FREE! ones.
I went to check it out and lo and behold there were free vine-on tomatoes.
Not to be greedy, but I will use them all, I took 5 boxes (pictured below--16 x 24 inches)
when there was a pallet full 4 per layer and about 7 feet high.
A couple hours later I went back with the plan to get 5 more.
There was about 10 boxes left. I only took 2 more.
And then as they say, the real work began.
Because these babies were not going to wait much.
And did I mention that we're having a "lovely" heat wave here in MN.
Nothing like canning when it is 100 degrees outside.
Luckily I had a few willing helpers.
Coring the 'maters before the skinning.
In 24 hours time I canned (above) 2 pints of diced tomatoes
7 quarts of Vegetable Soup
10 pints of Carrot Pepper Salsa
25 pints of Jalapeño Salsa
We've eaten some and I even made a batch of this fresh salsa for the 4th of July party.
And to think I was originally wishing I had 10 boxes, and not just 7.
So yesterday I got serious and finished off the last 3 boxes and the big bowl in the fridge.
I really wanted to do tomato soup, but couldn't find a recipe that interested me.
So instead, I just canned tomato juice--13 quarts worth.
I'll use that as the base for homemade tomato soup this Fall.
It was just too hot for me to think and be creative about any soup recipe.
I just wanted them done.....so I could sew.