Tomato Turnaround

Saturday, July 28, 2007

With all the bird attacks on our tomato crop this year, I was starting to resign myself to the idea that we would not be able to make our own tomato sauce this summer. Not with our own-grown tomatoes, that is. But on my visit to the plot on Wednesday, I was delighted to find several of our San Marzano tomatoes untouched. Could it be that the birds finally got their fill? Or found easier-to-reach specimens elsewhere? Whatever the case may be, I now find myself with handfuls of red-ripe beauties, sans beak-holes. Fresh tomato sauce will be made this weekend.


Blogger Celia Hart said...

Mmmmmm! San Marzano tomatoes - one of the best for flavour when cooked. You'll have a wonderful tomato sauce.


3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats I am so happy for you :)
nothing better than a great tomato harvest.
I'd love to know your recipe for tomato sauce..

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm......I was going to ask what your recipe for tomato sauce was, too.....Hope the cooking goes well!

4:31 AM  
Blogger Whyite said...

Tomato Sauce. It will be delicious I bet with the homegrown goodness of your tomatoes.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

To make the sauce, we bake the tomatoes in the oven first (with garlic, salt and pepper, and a little olive oil). Bake them until they're soft, which will depend on how ripe your tomatoes are. When they cool off a bit, put them through a food mill to capture all the skins. Then let the sauce simmer on the stove with some herbs in it. Thyme and rosemary are great, but use whatever herbs you like. Let the sauce simmer until it reaches a consistency you like. That's it! Here are photos of what it looked like when we made sauce last year.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you plant beans at the base of the corn stalks they will grow up the corn and add nitrogen back into the soil. PLANT YOUR POPCORN!!!!!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Muum said...

glad to hear of your tomato success!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

If they taste great we might have to give them another try, Christa - my San Marzano bit the dust [wait... make that bit the mud] while still young. I'm glad the birds didn't get all of yours!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

1:25 PM  
Blogger Tira said...

Congrats on your harvest, what a joy. (and pretty picture)

10:15 PM  

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