Monday, October 08, 2007

Tomato Sauce!

We made our own tomato sauce, for the first time ever. We didn't have quite enough ripe tomatoes at one time to can any, but we've been using it this week in bean stew and pasta. We've still got a pile of tomatoes ripening in the basement, so more on the way. I love each of these little steps toward self-sufficiency, and I remind myself that while we're not totally there, every big pot of tomato sauce I brew up is eight more cans of it I won't have to buy. That's eight cans that don't have to be manufactured, filled, shipped, stocked, and sold. And ten dollars we don't have to shuck out for something we can grow ourselves. Now I'm off to make some applesauce. Yum.


Wendy said...

I made cranberry sauce, pickled beets, and yogurt over the past couple of days ... and had the same thoughts ;).

Congrats on your tomato sauce. I'll bet it's yummy.

Christy said...

My husband said he preferred the jar sauce to my homemade sauce :( I guess luckily for him I only got enough tomatoes to make 3 pints of sauce.

Amy Adkins said...

Yum, homemade tomato sauce! Can you post how you made it or link us? I'm a brand new beginner urban farm wannabe and could use all the help I can get!

And applesauce? I did make that once, and boy, that big mound of apples to be peeled and cored sure doesn't result in a lot of applesauce by the end! Keep us posted as to how it goes!


Bonny said...

YUM -- good for you!

Angie said...

Hi Robin. I found your blog from Madeline's Barn-Raising blog. We also unschool, with the exception of some math curriculum when I start to panic (neurotic, I know). My kids tolerate me through these phases but are happy when they end. We also have an organic vegetable/flower farm, run a small CSA and sell at farmer's markets. I love your blog and look forward to reading often.
Have a great day.