Preserving the Harvest

Isn’t Fall such a busy time of year? Fall 2015 has felt especially busy around here. In addition to the usual Fall chores, we had a couple other projects on our ‘to do’ lists (or maybe these things were just on mine – thank goodness J is a good sport and goes with the flow).

The pine trees came down (finally) – you can read more about that here, if you missed it!

I had another bear of a project that’s nearly finished up and I’ll blog about another time.

And then a permanent part of my Fall ‘to do’ list includes the ongoing dilemma of what to do with all these tomatoes:
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Having all these tomatoes is purposeful – I like to can. Actually, I don’t know if it’s the activity of canning that I love so much (though, admittedly there is a special place in my heart for the activity as I learned from my grandmother) but I really do LOVE having home-grown goodies through the Winter and following Spring.

The large batch of tomatoes pictured today were destined to become tomato juice – and that’s exactly what became of them:
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A couple of years ago I did a blog post with step-by-step instructions on how I go about making tomato juice. You can read about that by clicking this link. One thing to make mention of, that wasn’t mentioned in the post on actually making the tomato juice, is that processing times vary depending on altitude. Now that I’m living at a much higher altitude, processing time is longer. Be sure to check the recommendations for your neck of the woods – there are lots of online resources and books on the topic.

Making tomato juice isn’t difficult, but it’s time consuming…and the mess involved…wowza! That said, it’s totally worth it. And, if you think you don’t like tomato juice, I’d encourage you to try again. I thought the same until I tried something home-grown, then home-made. I learned quickly that V8 has got nothin’ on the stuff that comes out of my garden/kitchen!

Do you have copious amounts of garden fresh tomatoes? What are your favorite ways to Preserve The Harvest?

The weekend is in sight! Happy Thursday!
-H

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