Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can’t buy,
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes. ~John Denver
Last week I had an invitation from my nephew and his wife, Bob and Peggy Carnahan, to come to Marshfield, Missouri, (about a half hour north of Springfield). Both are retired Air Force pilots, who now enjoy raising Black Angus cattle and cultivating a home garden. They were canning tomatoes, Bob said, and thought I might be interested in the task.
Actually, I was, even though my tomato canning skills are a bit rusty, not having been used since the last century. But like riding a bike, I figured it would come back to me once I got into the heat of the kitchen with all the canning paraphernalia.
As it turned out, my dance card was full, so I was unable to attend “The Great Canning Escapade of 2017,” but they sent photos. Absent my help, they were still able to put up 60 pounds of Super Sauce tomatoes. I was impressed.
The Superhero of Sauce Tomatoes
I wrote about this Roma with aroma a few years ago. Aptly, called Super Sauce, it’s one of Burpee’s meaty, nearly seedless varieties that’s great for making sauce. One of the bonus features for a home packer is the small amount of waste. Out of 25 pounds of tomatoes, Bob said there was less than 2 cups of waste!