Saturday, February 5

gift horses and all...

No way! Not this time around. Do I want 40kgs of very ripe organic, local, heirloom tomatoes, delivered NOW? 
Ummm... YES PLEASE!
Our tomatoes haven't even hit their straps! A few fruits here n there. Weird weather and off season again this year. 
I spent hours last Thursday night making 25 kgs worth of passata and bottling blanched and peeled globes. Somehow in my mania I managed the beans bath time and dinner in between.
The Bloke returned home to a totally steamed kitchen (no Vacola ) with water dripping down the windows and me up to my armpits in tomato skins. The final 10 kgs got solar dried (we knew we had a few days of 40 ahead) .The Bloke fashioned up this tent, mainly to keep the tiny pine needles falling on them than to keep any animals out. A 'never got rid of' old trampoline mat served as the base and these op shop sheer curtains strung over the central rope worked a treat.

8 comments:

Sarah said...

oh YUMness coming on!

belinda said...

Ooooh, lucky lady. I would have considered that worth heating up the kitchen for too.

Kind Regards
Belinda

Kelly said...

ohh yeah, they are sweet as..yum yum yum

Lanie at Edible Urban Garden said...

How lovely to have found your blog via Julie at Towards Sustainability. Your profile sounds like mine - part time academic, PhD student...which is exactly what I should be doing right now...so off I go..read through your postings has been a lovely way to procrastinate!

Kelly said...

Hi lanie- welcome! Im a very sporadic blogger these days! finding a new blog to like is always fun!

Umatji said...

oh that is great - we have just started a coop for tomato passata! so we just need tomatoes noW!

Kelly said...

lol- well halfway there...organised is good...

Michele at A House Called Nut said...

Oh, I am so jealous! Tomatoes, beloved tomatoes, feel like a distant memory and I didn't preserve a single one last summer!