The Nevada City Farmer’s Market ends in November. Very sad but understandable. To get what we cold of the final harvest, we took the opportunity to go to Riverhill Farm, a vendor at the farmer’s market, to get some of the last Romano Tomatoes, and some green tomatoes. We picked up some other things as well but it’s the tomatoes that we were really excited about. Next year when we will be more settled we will take full advantage but for now, this has to do.
So what did we do with the tomato bounty? We preserved it of course. Tomato sauce and pickled green tomatoes. Not a lot but it added to what we preserved while living in the temporary apartment before moving to Nevada City.
Making and canning tomato sauce is pretty easy.
- Clean, trim and roughly chop the tomatoes, trimming or tossing any that have started going bad
- Add the chopped tomatoes to a large pot on low to medium heat
- As you add, crush the chopped tomatoes, I use a potato masher, so the solids and water won’t separate in the jar
- Simmer for twenty minutes or so
- Run the rough sauce through a food mill to remove the skin and seeds
- Continue to cook the sauce until it’s the desired thickness
- Fill pint jars from a hot water bath with the tomato sauce, leave a half inch or so of head room
- Clean the rims with a moist paper towel
- Add the lids and screw on the rims finger tight
- Process for 30 minutes in a boiling water bath
- Remove the processed jars from the boiling water and let them cool on a soft surface, a tea towel works fine
- You will hear a popping, this is the lids sealing because of the vacuum you created in the hot water bath
- Remove the rims and test the lids, they should remain attached, if they don’t put the jar in the fridge and use the sauce soon
- It’s important to remove the rims, leaving them in place can give you a false sense of confidence, they will hold the rims in place even if the sauce were to go bad
You can also add some onions and spices, fresh is awesome, but dried Italian spices work great as well.
The other jars are chicken stock. Go to Making Bounty From Waste – Chicken Stock on the Cheap to learn how to make your own.