With assistance from the girls, 22 pounds of cooked tomatoes along with carrots, celery, and onions were sent through the food strainer. Although this recipe stated that it would make 7 quarts, I actually ended with 9 quarts of vegetable juice. YUM! A bit "richer" flavor than JUST tomato juice for those cold winter days when we make Chili!
Since the large soup pot was used to cook the veggies together and I was still unloading the goods into the food strainer, I used our next largest pot to collect the "puree" as it was coming out of the strainer.....
BOY! It was JUST large enough for the juice of this batch!!!!
We're still going strong; Paul and the girls just headed out to pick up some vinegar so we can try ketchup next.
In the meantime, taking a moment to update y'all while the pizza sauce is simmering (another 6 pounds of tomatoes here). And yet another 6 pounds has already been sent through the strainer, awaiting the ketchup recipe....and that'll be the lot of the tomatoes today.
22 pounds tomatoes -> vegetable juice (9 quarts made)
6 pounds tomatoes -> pizza sauce (which'll make 10 half-pints; enough for 10 pizzas)
6 pounds tomatoes -> ketchup (should be ~ 5 pints)
I forgot....I also cut up about 2 pounds and those slices are currently in the food dehydrator, along with 2 trays of basil. The house has a YUMMMMMY aroma right now.
so....35-36 pounds of tomatoes used today (so far). I may head out in a bit to pick some more if the ketchup recipe works out. PLUS, the girls already polished off one of my jars of salsa the other day, so I have to make more of that....
Hmm....haven't even gotten to just simply canning whole tomatoes!!! That may happen throughout the week, or next weekend.