Thursday, September 21, 2017

Harvesting Tomatoes






We have been harvesting tomatoes this last week,  one of my favorite foods to can.

I enlisted the help of my daughters for making the salsa, they were excited to help! I love that they want to learn how to can, it was never that thrilling for them, when they were younger.



The Roma tomatoes were used for the salsa and whatever else I had was used for stewed tomatoes (I added green pepper and onion).




If I can get my hands on more tomatoes, we are going to put up more salsa, it never last long in this house.

Recipes I used...

Zesty Salsa

10 cups cored, peeled and chopped tomatoes
5  cups seeded and chopped green pepper
5 cups chopped onion
2 1/2 cups seeded and chopped chili peppers (variety can be used)
1 1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 T. finely chopped cilantro
1 T. salt

In a large pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, over medium high heat. (stir frequently)
Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.(stir frequently).

Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim, put on lids and bands.
Process in Water Bath for 15 minutes (half pint and pint jars)



Stewed Tomatoes and Vegetables

16 cups tomatoes (quartered, cored, peeled)
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper 
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt


Combine tomatoes, celery, onion, green pepper, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place in jars and process 15 minutes for pints 20 minutes for quarts (10 pounds pressure for weighted gauge canners)  (following canning procedures)

**In my ball canning book it states to add lemon juice to each jar. I know that is common practice for water bath. My pressure canner "cookbook" does not state it as a necessary step. After reading several canning publications they recommend it for water bath OR pressure canner, 1 T. per pint and 2 T per quart. Add to each  jar before adding tomatoes.



What are you canning this year?

Simple Homestead Hop #122



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ugly Dryer Ball Giveaway



We are having an Ugly Dryer Ball giveaway on the farm Facebook page if you would like to stop by and enter.

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I love dryer balls, a great alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener. This set is an "oops: (seconds) set that just didn't make the cut...still work great just a little ugly :)

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Handspun in July





July is the month for Tour De Fleece, a fun spinning event where you can sign up with a team and spin every day.



A few days of camping wasn't an excuse to miss spinning...the wheel came along! I was able to get a lot of spinning done.




I was able to spin some Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester, Tunis, and Romney.




It is a fun challenge and a great way to create some handspun yarn stash.




Spinning total- 8,010 yards! Plenty of yarn for some fall knitting.






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