Posted by Terry @ 11:04 AM CST
Crab Orchard, Tennessee)
Farm life adventures of the Happy Hoer[ Member listing ]
30 Jan · Fri 2009
This past winter I celebrated the Winter Solstice with what I hope to be a new tradition: canning tomatoes. Yep, that's right. I love December 21, just because to me it's hope during the dead of winter that warmer weather is on the way as the days begin to get a tad bit longer each day. During the summer frenzy of picking and packing CSA shares, the extra tomatoes that aren't really pretty get thrown into big bags and tossed into the freezer. When I have a few minutes to spare, such as in the winter, I take them out of the freezer, pop them into hot water for a few minutes, and the skin slips off really nice. They are still too frozen to cut up into chunks, but a half hour or so in the sink will get them to a decent "mushy" stage so they can be chunked up, put in the pot, then canned. It's kind of a "deja vu" of summer on a dreary winter day.