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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Excess Tomatoes.

    Greetings,

    I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)

    I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?

    O

  2. #2
    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 2:42�pm, olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)
    >
    > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?


    I have the same problem. I've been donating to a golf club restaurant.

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    Steve Y Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    All my full sized tomatoes got hit by the weather/diseases so all I have
    is a reasonable sized crop of cherry tomatoes.

    In previous years I have reduced the excess down to a purée for
    freezing, adding hot peppers to some to make an instant chili base.

    No ideas about the cucumbers apart from pickling them

    S



    Sheldon wrote:
    > On Sep 1, 2:42�pm, olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    >> Greetings,
    >>
    >> I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    >> like weeds.


  4. #4
    val189 Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 2:42 pm, olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)
    >
    > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?
    >
    > O


    Wish I had your problem. My plants yielded maybe a dozen toms this
    summer -

    How about donating them to nearby restaurants? Put in 'free to good
    home" bin outside local thrift store?

  5. #5
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 3:03*pm, val189 <gwehr...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    > On Sep 1, 2:42 pm, olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    >
    > > Greetings,

    >
    > > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)

    >
    > > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?

    >
    > > O

    >
    > Wish I had your problem. *My plants yielded maybe a dozen toms this
    > summer -
    >
    > How about donating them to nearby restaurants? *Put in 'free to good
    > home" bin outside local thrift store?


    I guess they don't call them Jersey tomotoes for nothing : )

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    aem Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 11:42*am, olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)
    >
    > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?
    >

    I posted this link last week to an L.A. Times story with recipes for
    Bloody Mary mix, tomato soup, and tomato sauce. http://tinyurl.com/5lvcw9

    If you don't have the time to keep up with the ripening tomatoes don't
    forget you can just put them in the freezer right off the vine. It
    destroys the texture, of course, but if you're going to make sauce or
    soup that doesn't matter. The bonus is that the skin slips right off
    when you thaw them. Volume probably makes this impractical for the
    long term, but as a short-term buyer of some time it's quite
    handy. -aem

  7. #7
    The Cook Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:42:50 -0700 (PDT), [email protected] wrote:

    >Greetings,
    >
    >I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    >like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    >same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)
    >
    >I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    >other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?
    >
    >O


    Donate them to a food kitchen or homeless shelter.

  8. #8
    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    aem wrote:
    > olgast wrote:
    >
    > > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)

    >
    > > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?

    >
    > I posted this link last week to an L.A. Times story with recipes for
    > Bloody Mary mix, tomato soup, and tomato sauce. � �http://tinyurl.com/5lvcw9
    >
    > If you don't have the time to keep up with the ripening tomatoes don't
    > forget you can just put them in the freezer right off the vine. �It
    > destroys the texture, of course, but if you're going to make sauce or
    > soup that doesn't matter. �The bonus is that the skin slips rightoff
    > when you thaw them. �Volume probably makes this impractical for the
    > long term, but as a short-term buyer of some time it's quite
    > handy. � �


    Unless they're romas and the like you're not going to make sauce, you
    really can't make sauce from salad tomatoes, they're mostly water,
    skin, and seeds. You really can't cook with salad tomatoes, you
    can't even use salad tomatoes to make tomato juice, and salad tomatoes
    are mostly what folks grow in their home gardens. If you're gonna
    freeze salad tomatoes you'd be better off tossing them on the compost
    pile because there is no better use for frozen salad tomatoes. I must
    have enough tomatoes to fill like ten home size freezers. I do much
    better giving them to a local restaurant... I get paid later.


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    enigma Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    Sheldon <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]
    oups.com:

    > aem wrote:
    >> olgast wrote:
    >>
    >> > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they
    >> > are producing like weeds. My neighbors don't care for
    >> > them because they have the same problems. Same with the
    >> > cukes (actually they are worse,)

    >>
    >> > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and
    >> > freeze it. Any other suggestions? Especially with the
    >> > Cukes?

    >>
    >> I posted this link last week to an L.A. Times story with
    >> recipes for Bloody Mary mix, tomato soup, and tomato
    >> sauce. � �http://tinyurl.com/5lvcw9
    >>
    >> If you don't have the time to keep up with the ripening
    >> tomatoes don't forget you can just put them in the freezer
    >> right off the vine. �It destroys the texture, of course,
    >> but if you're going to make sauce or soup that doesn't
    >> matter. �The bonus is that the skin slips right off when
    >> you thaw them. �Volume probably makes this impractical
    >> for the long term, but as a short-term buyer of some time
    >> it's quite handy. � �

    >
    > Unless they're romas and the like you're not going to make
    > sauce, you really can't make sauce from salad tomatoes,
    > they're mostly water, skin, and seeds. You really can't
    > cook with salad tomatoes, you can't even use salad tomatoes
    > to make tomato juice, and salad tomatoes are mostly what
    > folks grow in their home gardens.


    just because you're too damn lazy to deal with non-Roma
    tomatoes doesn't make them unsuitable for cooking, juicing,
    making sauce or whatever.
    "salad" tomatoes are those golf ball size things, not quite
    full size tomatoes & not cherry tomatoes. not a lot of home
    gardeners grow them. they grow tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.
    of course, you're the last word on what home gardeners do,
    aren't you?
    lee
    --
    Last night while sitting in my chair
    I pinged a host that wasn't there
    It wasn't there again today
    The host resolved to NSA.

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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    pinhead <eni...@evil.net> wrote:
    > wrote
    > > aem wrote:
    > >> olgast wrote:

    >
    > >> > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they
    > >> > are producing like weeds. My neighbors don't care for
    > >> > them because they have the same problems. Same with the
    > >> > cukes (actually they are worse,)

    >
    > >> > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and
    > >> > freeze it. Any other suggestions? Especially with the
    > >> > Cukes?

    >
    > >> I posted this link last week to an L.A. Times story with
    > >> recipes for Bloody Mary mix, tomato soup, and tomato
    > >> sauce.http://tinyurl.com/5lvcw9

    >
    > >> If you don't have the time to keep up with the ripening
    > >> tomatoes don't forget you can just put them in the freezer
    > >> right off the vine. It destroys the texture, of course,
    > >> but if you're going to make sauce or soup that doesn't
    > >> matter. The bonus is that the skin slips right off when
    > >> you thaw them. Volume probably makes this impractical
    > >> for the long term, but as a short-term buyer of some time
    > >> it's quite handy.

    >
    > > Unless they're romas and the like you're not going to make
    > > sauce, you really can't make sauce from salad tomatoes,
    > > they're mostly water, skin, and seeds. � You really can't
    > > cook with salad tomatoes, you can't even use salad tomatoes
    > > to make tomato juice, and salad tomatoes are mostly what
    > > folks grow in their home gardens. �

    >
    > just because you're too damn lazy to deal with non-Roma
    > tomatoes doesn't make them unsuitable for cooking, juicing,
    > making sauce or whatever.
    > �"salad" tomatoes are those golf ball size things, not quite
    > full size tomatoes & not cherry tomatoes. not a lot of home
    > gardeners grow them. they grow tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.
    > �of course, you're the last word on what home gardeners do,
    > aren't you?


    Salad tomatoes have not a whit to do with size... could be anything
    from a grape tomato to a beefsteak... salad tomatoes encompass all
    those juicy ones folks eat fresh, in salads and sandwiches... most all
    the various tomatoes are salad tomatoes. Only a relatively few types
    are cooking tomatoes, those have a much greater proportion of solids
    to liquid. It's patently obvious that you've never grown tomatoes,
    it's also obvious you've never even read a seed catalog.


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    enigma Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    Sheldon <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]
    oups.com:

    > Salad tomatoes have not a whit to do with size... could be
    > anything from a grape tomato to a beefsteak... salad
    > tomatoes encompass all those juicy ones folks eat fresh, in
    > salads and sandwiches... most all the various tomatoes are
    > salad tomatoes. Only a relatively few types are cooking
    > tomatoes, those have a much greater proportion of solids
    > to liquid. It's patently obvious that you've never grown
    > tomatoes, it's also obvious you've never even read a seed
    > catalog.


    bzzzt.
    last year i grew 48 varieties of tomatoes, 6 plants of each.
    everything from current tomatoes to 2 pounders. 4 of those
    were paste types (none Romas because i already know i don't
    like Romas).
    this year i narrowed it down to only 24 types, from one to 4
    plants of each, except the Bear Claws, which is my current
    favorite paste type.i have 6 of them. the only commercially
    available tomato i have growing this year is Yellow Jubilee,
    because my son likes them & they produce well even under the
    tender care of an 8 year old...
    there are three major tomato types: paste, canning & salad.
    most regular size garden tomatoes are canners. that's what
    most people grow, although the cherry & grape tomatoes are
    close.
    do you read seed catalogs, or do you just buy what your local
    Wal-Mart gets in 6 packs? that seems about your level of
    gardening ability & fits with your anti-mail order tirades.
    lee
    --
    Last night while sitting in my chair
    I pinged a host that wasn't there
    It wasn't there again today
    The host resolved to NSA.

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    Shag Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 5:16*pm, enigma <eni...@evil.net> wrote:
    > Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote innews:[email protected]
    > oups.com:
    >
    >
    >
    > > aem wrote:
    > >> olgast wrote:

    >
    > >> > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they
    > >> > are producing like weeds. My neighbors don't care for
    > >> > them because they have the same problems. Same with the
    > >> > cukes (actually they are worse,)

    >
    > >> > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and
    > >> > freeze it. Any other suggestions? Especially with the
    > >> > Cukes?

    >
    > >> I posted this link last week to an L.A. Times story with
    > >> recipes for Bloody Mary mix, tomato soup, and tomato
    > >> sauce.http://tinyurl.com/5lvcw9

    >
    > >> If you don't have the time to keep up with the ripening
    > >> tomatoes don't forget you can just put them in the freezer
    > >> right off the vine. It destroys the texture, of course,
    > >> but if you're going to make sauce or soup that doesn't
    > >> matter. The bonus is that the skin slips right off when
    > >> you thaw them. Volume probably makes this impractical
    > >> for the long term, but as a short-term buyer of some time
    > >> it's quite handy.

    >
    > > Unless they're romas and the like you're not going to make
    > > sauce, you really can't make sauce from salad tomatoes,
    > > they're mostly water, skin, and seeds. * You really can't
    > > cook with salad tomatoes, you can't even use salad tomatoes
    > > to make tomato juice, and salad tomatoes are mostly what
    > > folks grow in their home gardens. *

    >
    > just because you're too damn lazy to deal with non-Roma
    > tomatoes doesn't make them unsuitable for cooking, juicing,
    > making sauce or whatever.
    > *"salad" tomatoes are those golf ball size things, not quite
    > full size tomatoes & not cherry tomatoes. not a lot of home
    > gardeners grow them. they grow tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.
    > *of course, you're the last word on what home gardeners do,
    > aren't you?
    > lee
    > --
    > Last night while sitting in my chair
    > I pinged a host that wasn't there
    > It wasn't there again today
    > The host resolved to NSA.


    Wow, I'm very new to the group but already I've read two posts from
    people who are obviously assholes. You're the second one, in case
    you're wondering. :-) Maybe I'll fit right in here. But in case I
    wasn't already clear, you come off like a real dip****.

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    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    [email protected] wrote:
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)


    Wow, I wish I had that problem.

    >
    > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?


    I'd head to the Ball Blue Book or rec.food.preserving and find some
    pickle recipes. I sure would love to have an "excess" of tomatoes and
    cucumbers right now.

    Serene

    --
    "I am an agnostic only to the extent that I am agnostic about fairies at
    the bottom of the garden." -- Richard Dawkins

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Mon, 1 Sep 2008 23:10:36 +0000 (UTC), enigma <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >4 of those were paste types (none Romas because i already know i don't
    >like Romas).


    Kewl! I don't know squat about tomatoes. Hubby doesn't like them raw
    and I can't grow them in this fog anyway. Up to this very moment, I
    thought Roma was the only paste tomato. I use Romas in salads because
    I don't care for the wateriness of other type.

    What are the names of the paste tomatoes you grew?

    TIA



    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 7:10�pm, enigma <eni...@evil.net> wrote:
    > Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote innews:[email protected]
    > oups.com:
    >
    > > Salad tomatoes have not a whit to do with size... could be
    > > anything from a grape tomato to a beefsteak... salad
    > > tomatoes encompass all those juicy ones folks eat fresh, in
    > > salads and sandwiches... most all the various tomatoes are
    > > salad tomatoes. �Only a relatively few types are cooking
    > > tomatoes, those have a much greater proportion of solids
    > > to liquid. �It's patently obvious that you've never grown
    > > tomatoes, it's also obvious you've never even read a seed
    > > catalog.

    >
    > �last year i grew 48 varieties of tomatoes,


    L I A R!



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    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    [email protected] wrote:
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    > like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    > same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)


    Your neighbors are producing like weeds?!
    >
    > I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?


    Pickle the cukes.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  17. #17
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    val189 wrote:
    > On Sep 1, 2:42 pm, olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    >> Greetings,
    >>
    >> I have planted several variaties of tomatoes, and they are producing
    >> like weeds. My neighbors don't care for them because they have the
    >> same problems. Same with the cukes (actually they are worse,)
    >>
    >> I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    >> other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?
    >>
    >> O

    >
    > Wish I had your problem. My plants yielded maybe a dozen toms this
    > summer -
    >
    > How about donating them to nearby restaurants? Put in 'free to good
    > home" bin outside local thrift store?



    How about calling the local food pantry or homeless shelter? I'm certain
    they'd be delighted to have fresh produce.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  18. #18
    Jo Anne Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:42:50 -0700 (PDT), [email protected] wrote:

    >I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    >other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?


    I find that it's easier and cheaper to buy canned tomatoes when they
    are on sale, so I don't can my excess any more. The canned tomatoes we
    get in Canada don't contain anything except tomatoes and salt, so I
    don't have to worry about HFCS or anything like that. I stock up when
    I can get a 26-oz can for $0.77.

    Last year, I put whole roma tomatoes in the freezer in Ziploc bags.
    Worked nicely, except when you thaw them out and try to take the skins
    off, a lot of flesh clings to the skin so you don't get much yield.

    This year, I'm gonna dip the tomatoes in boiling water, skin them,
    maybe cut them in half or quarters, *then* put them in the Ziplocs and
    suck the air out of the bags. I'll get the same quality of product (I
    think) as home canned tomatoes. And it shouldn't take too much time,
    what with not having to sterilize jars and do the water bath.

    Jo Anne, who made 12 pints of chili sauce today. Took pretty much the
    whole day, too.


  19. #19
    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    On Sep 1, 9:20�pm, Jo Anne <joanne.sla...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > On Mon, 1 Sep 2008 11:42:50 -0700 (PDT), olgast...@hotmail.com wrote:
    > >I have time to can, and I guess I can make a sauce and freeze it. Any
    > >other suggestions? Especially with the Cukes?

    >
    > I find that it's easier and cheaper to buy canned tomatoes when they
    > are on sale, so I don't can my excess any more. The canned tomatoes we
    > get in Canada don't contain anything except tomatoes and salt, so I
    > don't have to worry about HFCS or anything like that. I stock up when
    > I can get a 26-oz can for $0.77.
    >
    > Last year, I put whole roma tomatoes in the freezer in Ziploc bags.
    > Worked nicely, except when you thaw them out and try to take the skins
    > off, a lot of flesh clings to the skin so you don't get much yield.
    >
    > This year, I'm gonna dip the tomatoes in boiling water, skin them,
    > maybe cut them in half or quarters, *then* put them in the Ziplocs and
    > suck the air out of the bags. I'll get the same quality of product (I
    > think) as home canned tomatoes. And it shouldn't take too much time,
    > what with not having to sterilize jars and do the water bath.
    >
    > Jo Anne, who made 12 pints of chili sauce today. Took pretty much the
    > whole day, too.


    Zactly right... really doesn't make sense to mess with canning when
    you can buy 26 ounce tins tor 77 cents.

  20. #20
    enigma Guest

    Default Re: Excess Tomatoes.

    sf wrote in news:br[email protected]:

    > What are the names of the paste tomatoes you grew?


    Bear Claw, Amish Paste, San Marzano & San Marzano 2, & a
    yellow paste that i forgot the name of.

    lee
    --
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    I pinged a host that wasn't there
    It wasn't there again today
    The host resolved to NSA.

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