We have had a great summer for tomatoes! We planted about 6 tomato plants at the end of spring, and within the last 2 weeks, it seems as if all of the tomatoes have ripened at once! Pounds and pounds of them, all ripe for the picking. What to do with them was the question, and the answer was salsa! We already had a salsa spice packet with canning instructions, and we had all the canning gadgets. First, the tomatoes went into a pot of boiling water, then into an ice bath to remove the skins. I’ve found in the past that using a food processor or blender to chop the tomatoes yields a watery mixture, so I seeded and chopped all the tomatoes by hand. A lengthy process, but worth it in the end! After chopping the tomatoes, adding the spice packet, vinegar and an extra jalapeno, we had to simmer the salsa for 10 minutes before putting it into the jars. The jars and lids were in boiling water prior to canning the salsa because everything has to be very clean. After sealing the jars, they go into a boiling water bath for 40 minutes. The end result was very tasty!

Our next project (since we still have tons of tomatoes) will probably be making pasta sauce.

While at a trip to Wegmans, I looked for blood oranges, but they didn’t have any! I’ve been looking all over for them and can’t find them anywhere! But I did find some golden raspberries! Have you seen these before? They are very pretty, and they taste just like the red kind. I would love to get a whole bunch to make jam, it would make a pretty jam!

Have a nice weekend!
~Sarah

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