Tuesday, August 6, 2013
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's TOMATO SEASON.
What you see there on the counter is about 30 pounds worth of plum tomato goodness, which will be rendered down into many quarts of sauce.
I tend to make my tomato sauce more liquid - partly because I'm too impatient to cook it down until really thick, and partly because I can always do that later; I like having the thinner tomato sauce on hand for soup base all winter long. Nothing like a good hearty bowl of tomato vegetable soup in the middle of February. When you pop the top off the jar, it's instant August.
Depending on how many jars this turns into, I may be doing the same thing again in two weeks. There's a really good farmer's market in NJ where Mario visits his family, and I don't think you can have too many jars of tomatoes put by. This 30 pounds cost me $18. You can't beat that.
Wish my backyard tomatoes looked this good. They're abundant, and coming along, but still for the most part a lovely shade of green. The sun needs to come out and stay out.