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  1. #1
    The Cook Guest

    Default More Tomatoes

    Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.

    And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

  2. #2
    George Shirley Guest

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    On 8/10/2012 9:46 AM, The Cook wrote:
    > Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    > and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    > for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.
    >
    > And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!
    >

    Wow, are you folks running a commercial garden or is this just an
    extraordinary year for tomatoes in your area? I'm glad we don't have a
    garden that big, I'm to old for that sort of thing. <G>

  3. #3
    gloria p Guest

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    On 8/10/2012 8:46 AM, The Cook wrote:
    > Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    > and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    > for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.
    >
    > And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!
    >



    Holy cow, how big is your garden? That sounds like more tomatoes that
    we could use in a lifetime even though I make spaghetti sauce, chili, or
    vegetable soup (all using tomatoes) quite often in cooler weather.

    gloria p

  4. #4
    The Cook Guest

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    On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:59:42 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 8/10/2012 9:46 AM, The Cook wrote:
    >> Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    >> and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    >> for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.
    >>
    >> And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!
    >>

    >Wow, are you folks running a commercial garden or is this just an
    >extraordinary year for tomatoes in your area? I'm glad we don't have a
    >garden that big, I'm to old for that sort of thing. <G>


    I have 47 tomato plants this year. That is a reduction from the 100+
    I had a few years ago. When we moved here 8 years ago we went wild.
    For a couple of years I swore that I spent the month of August (except
    for DH's birthday and a luncheon) in the kitchen or the grocery store.
    Right now I am going through the shelves in the basement and tossing
    jars of stuff that has been around too long or things that no one
    eats. The kids show up once, maybe twice a year and take a few things
    home but not too much. That amount will be reduced since younger son
    now has a house and garden of his own. He has already started calling
    me for canning recipes. Guess it is time to buy him a BBB and "So
    Easy to Preserve" for his birthday.

    I am getting too old and it is getting too hot for me to keep up with
    so much. Next February I will take stock and see how much we have
    used and figure out how much to plant. I am going to skip cherry
    tomatoes and "Early Girl" since most of the others come in about the
    some time as those. A couple of slicers and some Viva Italias if we
    have used up enough of the existing stock. Then maybe I will be able
    to keep the weeds out of the garden.
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

  5. #5
    George Shirley Guest

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    On 8/10/2012 12:59 PM, The Cook wrote:
    > On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:59:42 -0500, George Shirley
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On 8/10/2012 9:46 AM, The Cook wrote:
    >>> Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    >>> and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    >>> for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.
    >>>
    >>> And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!
    >>>

    >> Wow, are you folks running a commercial garden or is this just an
    >> extraordinary year for tomatoes in your area? I'm glad we don't have a
    >> garden that big, I'm to old for that sort of thing. <G>

    >
    > I have 47 tomato plants this year. That is a reduction from the 100+
    > I had a few years ago. When we moved here 8 years ago we went wild.
    > For a couple of years I swore that I spent the month of August (except
    > for DH's birthday and a luncheon) in the kitchen or the grocery store.
    > Right now I am going through the shelves in the basement and tossing
    > jars of stuff that has been around too long or things that no one
    > eats. The kids show up once, maybe twice a year and take a few things
    > home but not too much. That amount will be reduced since younger son
    > now has a house and garden of his own. He has already started calling
    > me for canning recipes. Guess it is time to buy him a BBB and "So
    > Easy to Preserve" for his birthday.
    >
    > I am getting too old and it is getting too hot for me to keep up with
    > so much. Next February I will take stock and see how much we have
    > used and figure out how much to plant. I am going to skip cherry
    > tomatoes and "Early Girl" since most of the others come in about the
    > some time as those. A couple of slicers and some Viva Italias if we
    > have used up enough of the existing stock. Then maybe I will be able
    > to keep the weeds out of the garden.
    >

    We gave up canning tomatoes several years ago. If we have a bumper crop
    I wash and dry the tomatoes then put them in a vacuum bag and vacuum
    seal it. When we need them I take them out of the freezer, stick in
    refrigerator, let them thaw, pour off the liquid, the skins slip off
    easily. I then add the juice back to the solids to use in cooking.
    Sometimes I stick most of the juice in a fruit jar, vacuum seal it,
    stick in the fridge, then make soups with it.

    Nowadays we plant four or five different tomato plants and call it
    quits. When the kids were still home we did a lot of what you're doing.
    Nowadays I stick mostly to pickle, jams and jellies, I know the grands
    and great grands will eat that and they love pickles like most little
    ones do.

    I will be 73 years old next month and don't even want to think about
    large gardens anymore.

  6. #6
    The Cook Guest

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    On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:13:54 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 8/10/2012 12:59 PM, The Cook wrote:
    >> On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:59:42 -0500, George Shirley
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On 8/10/2012 9:46 AM, The Cook wrote:
    >>>> Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    >>>> and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    >>>> for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.
    >>>>
    >>>> And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!
    >>>>
    >>> Wow, are you folks running a commercial garden or is this just an
    >>> extraordinary year for tomatoes in your area? I'm glad we don't have a
    >>> garden that big, I'm to old for that sort of thing. <G>

    >>
    >> I have 47 tomato plants this year. That is a reduction from the 100+
    >> I had a few years ago. When we moved here 8 years ago we went wild.
    >> For a couple of years I swore that I spent the month of August (except
    >> for DH's birthday and a luncheon) in the kitchen or the grocery store.
    >> Right now I am going through the shelves in the basement and tossing
    >> jars of stuff that has been around too long or things that no one
    >> eats. The kids show up once, maybe twice a year and take a few things
    >> home but not too much. That amount will be reduced since younger son
    >> now has a house and garden of his own. He has already started calling
    >> me for canning recipes. Guess it is time to buy him a BBB and "So
    >> Easy to Preserve" for his birthday.
    >>
    >> I am getting too old and it is getting too hot for me to keep up with
    >> so much. Next February I will take stock and see how much we have
    >> used and figure out how much to plant. I am going to skip cherry
    >> tomatoes and "Early Girl" since most of the others come in about the
    >> some time as those. A couple of slicers and some Viva Italias if we
    >> have used up enough of the existing stock. Then maybe I will be able
    >> to keep the weeds out of the garden.
    >>

    >We gave up canning tomatoes several years ago. If we have a bumper crop
    >I wash and dry the tomatoes then put them in a vacuum bag and vacuum
    >seal it. When we need them I take them out of the freezer, stick in
    >refrigerator, let them thaw, pour off the liquid, the skins slip off
    >easily. I then add the juice back to the solids to use in cooking.
    >Sometimes I stick most of the juice in a fruit jar, vacuum seal it,
    >stick in the fridge, then make soups with it.
    >
    >Nowadays we plant four or five different tomato plants and call it
    >quits. When the kids were still home we did a lot of what you're doing.
    >Nowadays I stick mostly to pickle, jams and jellies, I know the grands
    >and great grands will eat that and they love pickles like most little
    >ones do.
    >
    >I will be 73 years old next month and don't even want to think about
    >large gardens anymore.



    The DH will be 73 next week. I am 71.
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

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    songbird Guest

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    The Cook wrote:

    > Looks like I will be doing a lot more canning of tomatoes. Today DH
    > and I picked 103+ pounds of tomatoes. We are now up to 284 pounds
    > for the season. And I was pretty well caught up before today.
    >
    > And there are more on the vines!!!!!!!


    the taste is so worth it though.
    every time we open a jar we are so happy
    to have them. no canned/tinny/metalic
    tastes, no added sugar/salt/water.

    last year we had 24 beef steak and 2 cherry
    tomato plants and put up 130something quarts.
    measured over 500lbs before giving up on the
    scale.

    when taking stock yesterday we figured out
    we have only two cases of tomatoes left to use
    and we didn't plant nearly as many plants this
    year.

    now we have a bunch of rain (over 10 inches so
    far) and the gardens look like:

    www.anthive.com/flowers/100_7059_Glug.jpg

    had me laughing a while ago with white caps
    on the road when the wind shifted.

    dunno how many tomatoes we'll be able to
    salvage or what will split. i think most of
    the plants are up and at the higher end of
    the garden.


    songbird

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    songbird Guest

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    The Cook wrote:
    ....
    > Right now I am going through the shelves in the basement and tossing
    > jars of stuff that has been around too long or things that no one
    > eats.


    no local food pantry? or even put them up on
    craigslist as free food. someone might be able
    to use it instead of tossing it out...


    songbird

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    Carol S Guest

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    Oh my goodness...74 plants!!......I was happy with 3 last year!.....I
    plant in big pots now that my health won't let me bend down to weed
    anymore....I live alone so I need just enough to can salsa and
    juice......Carol


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    gloria p Guest

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    On 8/10/2012 2:55 PM, songbird wrote:
    > The Cook wrote:
    > ...
    >> Right now I am going through the shelves in the basement and tossing
    >> jars of stuff that has been around too long or things that no one
    >> eats.

    >
    > no local food pantry? or even put them up on
    > craigslist as free food. someone might be able
    > to use it instead of tossing it out...
    >
    >
    > songbird
    >



    Many people won't take home-processed food unless they know
    you very well and trust your judgement.

    I couldn't even give away a case of commercial canned tomatoes
    that were within a month of expiration date. I tried a few food pantries
    and shelters, and no one wanted them. They were "unsafe".


    gloria p

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    The Cook Guest

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    On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:33:15 -0600, gloria p <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On 8/10/2012 2:55 PM, songbird wrote:
    >> The Cook wrote:
    >> ...
    >>> Right now I am going through the shelves in the basement and tossing
    >>> jars of stuff that has been around too long or things that no one
    >>> eats.

    >>
    >> no local food pantry? or even put them up on
    >> craigslist as free food. someone might be able
    >> to use it instead of tossing it out...
    >>
    >>
    >> songbird
    >>

    >
    >
    >Many people won't take home-processed food unless they know
    >you very well and trust your judgement.
    >
    >I couldn't even give away a case of commercial canned tomatoes
    >that were within a month of expiration date. I tried a few food pantries
    >and shelters, and no one wanted them. They were "unsafe".
    >
    >
    >gloria p


    I am sure that no one around here would take home canned foods.
    Besides I get my jars back. A case of quart jars is about $9.00. I
    am also making room so that I can get the foods organized. DH just
    puts things in the first empty spot he comes to.

    After I decide how many tomatoes I am going to use right now, I will
    take some to the free clinic where I volunteer and maybe to the
    shelter for the homeless. The neighbors will probably benefit too.
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

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