Saturday, August 23, 2008

So tired.

I'm exhausted. Bright and early this morning I scored great deals at the farmer's market.
25 #'s of pesticide-free roma tomatoes for $20
5 #'s of pickling cukes for $2
6 huge organic bell peppers for $4
Plus, organic blueberries, okra, sweet onions, and organic garlic bread.

I returned home from work/meetings/etc. at 3pm and started peeling tomatoes. Now, at 9:18 pm, I'm done with today's canning projects. Here's what I made:

8 1/2 pints of rockin' good salsa
5 1/2 quarts of tomato sauce with herbs
5 quarts of pickles
3 quarts whole tomatoes

This was my first time canning tomato sauce and whole tomatoes- I've only done salsa before. Overall- I feel pretty darn satisfied with my day. I sort of wish I had ended up with more tomato sauce, though. I'm enjoying the bit that wouldn't fit in a jar right now over some homemade pasta (made another day). It just might be worth the 4 hour simmer time...It's that good!

I'll take some pictures tomorrow- you don't want to see the jars in bad light and a messy kitchen.


Sarah Elise said...

And all of this while talking on the phone...very impressive!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I'm very impressed and I wish I had the nerve to do something like that, but... 4 hours simmering? I cannot even watch a movie if it lasts more than 2 hours...

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

You are the canning queen! So ambitious.

Anonymous said...

Wow--you got some great deals at the market! Which farmers market did you go to? I have been going to the Minneapolis one all summer, but have not seen deals quite like that...


Elizabeth said...

I missed the St Paul market Sat. but ran down there Sunday to get the blueberries you found. I had no such luck, boohoo. Liz, do you remember who you got the berries from?

Last week I bought AWESOME organic bi-color corn from the farmer's market. Went to the same gal Sunday thinking it would be the same. It wasn't the same corn. All yellow and not much flavor this week. My college son really noticed and said 'yuck Mom'. Corn is the only produce she sells with her organic meats and eggs.

I'll check again next weekend.