Tuesday, August 14, 2007

How Many Tomatoes Does It Take????


We have 2 and a half large beds of tomatoes. I was sure I had planted plenty of tomatoes. I ended up filling this half bed of cucumbers with extra tomato plants. I picked a little over a half bushel of tomatoes yesterday. I began the process of making sauce. Keep in mind most of my Roma tomatoes aren't quite ripe yet so I used some Romas, Rutgers, and a variety of other tomatoes. I expected at least 4 quarts of tomato sauce in the end. Can you guess how many pints I got???? I finished with 3 PINTS of tomato sauce. Yes, folks 1/2 bushel of tomatoes yielded 3 PINTS of tomato sauce. I was bemoaning my yield to TnFarmGirl. She agreed with my complaint, and she added that she was amazed that a bottle of ketchup didn't cost $20! I will continue the process of making tomato sauce because I love the end result. I use the tomato sauce on my homemade pizza, and there is no comparison with pizza sauce made from store bought tomato sauce. It is well worth the trouble and the large amount of tomato consumption.
grace and peace,
julie

2 comments:

Haymaker said...

What's your recipe for tomato sauce?

Last year I just roasted romas in the oven, then ran them through the food processor, adding salt, pepper, and some italian seasoning.

This year the Romas aren't putting out heavy fruit like last year, but Cherries and smaller Early Girls & 4th of July are heavy bearers.

Brian
(NE Wisconsin)
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TnFullQuiver said...

Brian,
I don't really have a recipe. I just skin my romas and put them in a pot to cook down. This takes about 5-6 hours depending on the amount of water in the tomato. Then I run them through the food mill. I thought about adding seasoning and onions and peppers to them, but I haven't ever done it yet. I then place the thick sauce into pint jars. Add 1 Tablespoons of Lemon juice or vinegar. I put them in a water bath for pints 35 minutes. I like your idea of roasting them in the oven. That just sounds yummy!
I have never heard of 4th of July tomatoes before. Do they have a good flavor? Our Romas haven't produced large fruit this year, but we have had a lot of tomatoes. They are just smaller than usual.
grace and peace,
julie