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September 24, 2014
Amish Paste - Kapuler, Costoluto Genovese

Amish Paste – Kapuler, Costoluto Genovese

Unless I’ve missed something, preserving season is starting to wind down.  These tomatoes are roasting while the pressure canner is going with the last of the grape juice.  I’ve got about one more picking of tomatoes and peppers of different varieties.  The tomatoes will most likely become juice.  Easy on the preserver, and having a handy quart of tomato juice for soups and stews is a good thing.  The peppers will go in the freezer if I can find the space.  Prunes are done!  Finally.  Cover crops are in.  Waiting for squash and apples to ripen.  Then it’s just “coasting” until time to dig dahlias and plant garlic.

The list is ticking off fast in the preserving department.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    September 24, 2014 2:45 pm

    Wow, lookin good! It must be such a satisfying feeling to have everything put up for the season! Do you always dig your dahlias up and how do you store them?

    • September 24, 2014 4:52 pm

      Yes, yes, and yes I dig them up, wash, mark, and store in plastic burlap feedbags in a coolish corner of the basement. The plastic bags hold in a little moisture but not too much, and they breathe too if needed.

  2. CassieOz permalink
    September 24, 2014 4:27 pm

    Phew! You make me exhausted just ‘listening’ to you! I’ll have some tomatoes (and hopefully peppers) in this season and should be over the first health hurdle at preserving time. I don’t know what we’d do without a pantry full of tomato and pepper products; expire probably. I bet you’re looking forward to that ‘coasting’ even if it only relative 🙂

    • September 24, 2014 4:57 pm

      Cassie, thank heavens for shorter days, I think. The rain felt good today, the cows were excited to get wet. Me not so much, but we needed rain bad. Can one have too much in the pantry in the way of tomato and pepper goods? 🙂

  3. Chris permalink
    September 24, 2014 5:21 pm

    You wash them? Bubble bath or shower? 🙂
    Just teasing you but seriously how so?

  4. September 25, 2014 4:20 am

    I love that you pick your tomatoes when they’re ripe and not half green like they do here. I hope you enjoy your “coasting” although I can imagine you doing it. xx

  5. September 25, 2014 1:45 pm

    Looking at this post makes me a bit jealous! We’ve had such a poor season in the garden that I have not done any canning this year… unbelieveable! I still have plenty to go through from the past two years, luckily. It was an awfully cold year for us- the pest and plant diseases took over.

    • September 25, 2014 2:24 pm

      Bummer, we’ve had two good years, but the two before those were a bust 😦 A greenhouse here makes all the difference in our food supply for the year. Hope you have a better year next year!

  6. Elizabeth permalink
    September 26, 2014 4:21 am

    No more peppers, tomatoes or squash for us either. Night temps at 22 degrees fixed that 2 weeks ago. But bring on the Cruciferous’ (what’s the plural of cruciferous? Cruciferouses?)! Yay for cabbage!

  7. Chris permalink
    October 8, 2014 7:19 am

    Can you share your recipe for tomatoe juice? I knew I saved this post for some reason! 🙂 more questions!

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