Thursday, August 18, 2016

Do you have a tomato bounty ready to harvest?

Tomatoes Galore!

What to do with a bounty of tomatoes? Make juice! It is a tedious job but somebody oughta do it. Even though tedious, it is easy to do in your own kitchen. When we consider today's call for better life styles and eating habits, certainly that includes what we eat, then taking advantage of the backyard garden harvest seems like the right thing to do.

The simplest thing to do with a basket of fresh picked tomatoes is to make a deliciously good for you homemade tomato juice. To begin, blanch in very hot water (near boiling) the amount of tomatoes you want to use up. When the skins start to break, drain from the hot water and let them cool; then peel and mash through a strainer held over a clean pot or large stainless mixing bowl.

Lastly, pour the juice into clean glass jars (lid them) with a pinch of salt and pour a glass for immediate gratification! Store the jars in the Kitchen fridge (or Garage fridge) or dark cold cellar, marking the date you prepared the juice. Don't let it go to waste...drink up and celebrate the harvest season.

*Kept in this way (described above), the juice will last only several days since it was a quick fix and was not warm bath processed to assure long term storage. Of course, if you want to keep the juice longer, then the warm bath process is necessary.

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