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.