Some of the varieties of tomatoes I had this year, I just loved! I had purchased a few organic, heirloom plants at a huge sale around me at the beginning of the summer. They were $3 a pop, so I hoped that if I loved them, I might be able to figure out how to save seeds to recreate this year’s abundant harvest. My problem had been trying to get seeds separated from that weird, goopy, gross part. I had tried everything in the past…smooshing it onto a napkin to dry, putting it in a strainer and trying to rinse it. I just couldn’t get it right. So I googled how to save seeds and saw a blog post from one of the college agriculture extensions (I’m so sorry that I can’t find that post again to give credit to them). I followed their simple steps and couldn’t believe how easy it was! So if you have some tomatoes left from your harvest, try this method:
I’ve been seeing this grilled cheese on Pinterest that is sort of like a Caprese salad on bread. With fresh tomatoes and basil coming to an end in my garden, I thought this would be a perfect late summer dinner. I started out with a bunch of ciabatta rolls. Really you can use any type of yummy bread. I have to say that after I photographed these and ate them, I realized that it would have been better to butter the flat side and put the curved side on the inside of the sandwich. Not as pretty but more buttered, browned goodness! Anyway, butter the outsides of your bread, and to the insides, add fresh sliced tomato, basil leaves and fresh mozerella. It probably goes without saying that fresh local basil and tomatoes really make this sandwich sing. Visit your local farmer’s market – you’ll never regret it! Continue reading
I finally have a tomato harvest! I have to say that my garden did not produce nearly what I had anticipated. However, it is finally at the stage where our tomato harvest has outpaced our tomato eating!
I really don’t love canned tomatoes. It’s fine if you often eat chili or spaghetti, but our household doesn’t go that route often enough to make it worth the effort of the canning process. Plus, I would imagine that I am like most people in that I don’t plant nearly enough tomatoes that I have a huge harvest all at once. Since I don’t plan on canning weekly, freezing it is! I have two ways that I choose to preserve tomatoes in the freezer. The first is my super easy, super lazy way. I wash them, cut out the core, and store them in a gallon ziplock freezer bag. When we’re ready to eat tomatoes, I take them out and partially defrost them, peel the skins off and drop them into soups or chili. So. Easy.