- Jul 7, 2009
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- Northern Nuevo Mexico
Wow beautiful color!
Took a half day (left work at 9:45 a.m., I get in pretty early) to do the lawn. Had picked up a new food processing toy on Saturday, a manual food mill. Had watched a few videos from Pasquale on YouTube:
about making "the sauce". He had an electric saucer, but I'm cheap so got a French food mill (it's French, must be good). I liked his process since I normally would put tomatoes in boiling water, then dump in a cold water sink to remove the skins, then manually hand juice the maters to
remove as many seeds as I could through a strainer. Took a while, especially for a 1/2 bushel of tomatoes which is my normal batch size.
My main aim was to get the lawn done before the high humidity (70*F+ dew points) and higher temps started tomorrow through early next week. But heard from my brother last night that a local Mennonite farm market near us had the 1/2 bushels of Roma and regular tomatoes available (had stopped last Saturday and they said probably this Friday). So picked up a box thinking I could let them rest until this weekend. Lo and behold, got stung by some type of critter when working on the lawn. I'm somewhat allergic to bee stings (have a double epi pen in the closet), so came in and started the tomato process while I waited to see if I broke out in hives or started having respiratory issues (which I haven't, but nice and cool in here, lol).
This process so far is so easy that instead of doing 1/2 of the 1/2 bushel (a 1/4 bushel I think), I am now just doing the whole thing. Did it in two batches, but it is way easier than I remember from the last few years. This food mill is the "bomb". Easy to use, easy to clean, no seeds other than a few crushed or partial ones. Now the fun of waiting for it to cook down for a few hours then can (or might cool and freeze in 1 gallon freezer bags).
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This is all a test run for when my 5 plants worth of San Marzano tomatoes all get ripe (they are starting, put them in really late, cold spring this year).