Friday, September 24, 2010

Tomatoes and More Tomatoes!

I've been overwhelmed with tomatoes this summer.  I planted fourteen tomato plants and have been given flats of them from a produce market for free.  I've made lots of spaghetti sauce, salsa,  used them in salads and sandwiches and have dehydrated them and then ground them into a powder to make my own tomato sauce this winter. 
I was looking at my recent pickings from the garden and decided to make another spaghetti sauce for the next nights dinner.  I didn't feel like blanching them so remembered reading a tip on how you can freeze the tomatoes whole and then the peels will come right off under running water.  So that is what I did and it worked amazingly well.  So easy and quick.
I skinned them all and put them in my crockpot on low until they were all soft and easy to mash.  After mashing I let them cook for several hours more in the crockpot and then added fresh basil, tomato paste, tomato sauce, onions, brown sugar, oregano, salt, elk meat and a chili peppper, we like spicy.  I then left on all night on low, still in the crockpot.  Served over angel hair spaghetti noodles and today over roasted zucchini squash.   So good.

4 comments:

mommyx12 said...

You have been busy. How wonderful to have all that sauce going into winter. That must be a great feeling. I hope you enjoy them. We use spaghetti sauce for our homemade pizza. Can't tell the difference!!

Aunt Spicy said...

That sounds lovely!

Sue said...

This reminds me of when I was younger and did the same thing. We had 4 freezers and a basement full of canned goods...also a root celler full for the winter. I only had 8 children and the oldest was ten when the last one was born. My oldest is 54 and the youngest 44...I do miss that now...nice to know someone is doing it. God bless you.
Sue

Aunt Spicy said...

I couldn't find an email for you...but I adore dolies, purely because of the connection to relatives! But I love have people have used them in modern ways...maybe I will do a post on that...hum....