It's Tomato Season!
Cutest tomato label ever!
Have you ever noticed that when you plant tomatoes that there is either too few...or too many? I have the sinking feeling that this is the year of "too many." The weather has been perfect for tomatoes...hot and sunny. Now the plants are full of quickly ripening tomatoes...and I am not exactly in the mood to spend days huddled over a steaming canner. Lucky for me, my husband George loves the "scientific process" of canning. He'll do all the peeling and chopping...which I hate...and I will prepare the bottles and get the water bath canner steaming. Fair trade I think! Last weekend we made the raspberry jalapeno jelly I posted about here. It was a great success and I now have enough to last for at least a year.
Of Course I Can!
She looks a tad shell-shocked if you ask me...lol!
Homemade Chili Sauce...
Yummy...better than store-bought!
George's Chili Sauce Recipe
Yield: about six pint jars.
4 quarts peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes ( about 24 large)
2 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped sweet red peppers (about 4 medium)
1 hot red pepper (we use the dried pepper flakes)
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons salt
3 Tablespoons mixed pickling spices
1 Tablespoon celery seed
1 Tablespoon mustard seed
2 1/2 cups vinegar
Combine tomatoes, onions, peppers, sugar and salt. Simmer 45 minutes. Tie spices in a cheesecloth bag; add to tomato mixture; cook until very thick, about 45 minutes, stirring frequently
Prepare home canning jars and lids according to manufacturers instructions.
Add vinegar to tomato mixture; cook to desired thickness. Remove spice bag. Carefully pour hot sauce into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust caps.
Process 15 minutes in boiling water bath canner.
Pretty...as well as delicious!
Use for crockpot meatballs...serve over rice!
Better than Manwich for sloppy joes...a favorite Halloween supper treat!
Random Acts of Fall Crafting...
Repurposed bird cage.
Burlap and Sunflowers.
Dear little owl...
I love sunflowers this time of year...a preview to Fall.
Owls and crows show up in August around my house.
Happy Pre-Fall, Sisters!