Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blushing Tomatoes...

our tomato plants have done well these past couple of months...
they were loaded with tomatoes when we got back to the homestead from our trip
the ones we do not sell, we eat

I like to clean them off with a clean, dry cloth just to get any dust and dirt off...
and then, the nice ones get separated from the blemished ones...
and a few get put aside for the chickens

although the imperfect tomatoes are just as good...
customers prefer the ones without blemishes...
perception seems to be what counts

the rest go to my kitchen to be made into tomato sauces and bean soup broth

with just enough water to cover the bottom of the crockpot and pre-heated on high...
the blemishes get cut off and stems removed from the tomatoes

the tomatoes are then placed into the pre-heated crockpot to simmer for about an hour or...
until the skins start to peel away

it will only take a few minutes to soften the peel by stovetop...
but, I like to keep cook my tomatoes in a crockpot to simmer safely while I do other things...
and I like the way the tomatoes come out the long way in a crockpot

after simmering, the tomatoes are removed from the crockpot...
the juice in the crockpot from the simmering is saved...
once the tomatoes are cooled,...
the skins are removed and the tomatoes pureed in a blender

the tomato puree is put into containers along with the left over juice from the simmering...
and a bit of sea salt stirred in...
then it's refrigerated for the week's soups and sauces 

here's looking at gorgeous, blushing tomatoes

May your day or night find grace in the Lord.


  1. Love the idea of using the crock pot to help process the tomatoes! I'll have to give that a try.

    Smiles :)

    1. Crockpots are sometimes a girl's best friend : )

  2. My chickens love tomato! I like you tomato system. I love tomato soup!

    1. Tomato soup is one of my favorites.

  3. PS, how do you embarrass the tomatoes to make them blush?

  4. That looks like something very handy to add to dinners during the week enjoy your harvest ~Heather

    1. Good to hear from you, Heather! Thanks!

  5. Oooh~ that looks wonderful! I'll bet it would make delicious veggie soup.

  6. It does, Paula. Makes a great broth base for soups.

  7. Good morning Jane!
    I am happy to be getting back to blogland and come for a visit! The tomatoes are looking so good. I tell ya' I do miss my back yard gardening. but, the foster care preparation kept me from it through out last season. Now that we are regulating I hope to get our garden going for fall.
    As always you have such a lovely blog.

  8. Thanks and welcome back, Deanna! You had a worthy cause for not working your garden but, hope you can get it going well for the fall.

  9. Not only will this be tasty and healthy but the tomatoes and sauces are works of art.