Food, Seasonal Food

A Saucy Summer {canning tomato sauce, salsa and a peek at my canning season}

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Hello everyone and welcome to canning season! Haha I just felt like saying that since it feels like it’s all I’ve been doing lately. 😴

I feel like I’ve been canning non-stop, but looking back at the dates on my jars I’ve just done a few things back to back with a week or so break.

The latest and greatest food on my canning list is toe-maye-toes.

I love tomatoes, but I’m beginning to get sick of the overabundance. So as with any other thing, when it’s in season and a good price, I buy a lot and preserve it.

This year, my canning goals for tomatoes was a bit lofty. In my head I ticked off all the jars I wanted to can. “Oh hey, I’ll just do 20 cans of spagetti sauce, 20 jars of salsa, like 8 of ketchup and 8 of red enchilada sauce.”

Eating.

My.

Words.

Y’all.

First of all, I would need 40 lbs of tomatoes to accomplish this. Which worked out to be about $60 worth. Hmm. No….?

Secondly, when I took home my *ahem* 20lbs of gorgeous tomatoes, I rather humorously misjudged how long it takes tomatoes to cook down.

There’s a reason they say to use paste tomatoes.

That reason is largely to avoid the transformation of yourself into an irate raving lunatic because your tomato sauce literally took 6 hours to can.

Six hours.

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But I got some lovely photos out of it at least. 😄 I cut up 10lbs of peeled tomatoes and made 3 1/2 pints of sauce with it.

The 20 pints will not be happening.

Oh well.

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The sauce was absolutely gorgeous though. We ended up having pasta that night with some of the extra sauce.

Here is a look at the tomato sauce (left) and salsa (far right).

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The salsa is very good, I used the recipe for Roasted Tomato-Lime Salsa from the book Foolproof Preserving: A Guide to Small Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Condiments & More, which I mentioned I was borrowing in a few of last year’s canning posts. I ended up purchasing a copy because I think it is wonderously helpful.

I love the small batches, unique recipes and easy to follow directions in this book. Not paid to say that, just truly love it. 😄

Here’s a little peek at the other things I’ve been canning⤵⤵⤵

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Yummy fruit…cherry preserves, peach jam, canned peach chunks in apple juice, applesauce (looks strangely white).

Pickled things & condiments…dill pickle spears, pickled watermelon rind, and zucchini relish.

It’s been a saucy summer and thankfully I’m running out of things to can!

Any canning plans for yourself? I’ve been admiring the canning posts here on WordPress. I love all the unique and beautiful food!

Do you have any favorite home canned foods?

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Food, Lunch/Simple Meal

Yummy Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free BLT

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Check it out. I made a blt the other day. No dairy. No gluten. It was super yummy.

I planted Goldie tomatoes (huge and yellow) this year and they are just starting to ripen. I was trying to decide what to do with them, although in the back if my mind I was wanting a blt. And I remembered that I like to eat my garbanzo bean burgers in between two slices of tomatoes instead of with bread.

Perhaps a tomato bread blt? And instead of mayo…guacamole. Just avocado, lime juice and seasonings. That’s it. Tomato, guacamole, bacon, lettuce.

Definitely not fat-free. But some fat is good for you. And who can argue with bacon? Ok maybe vegans. I couldn’t be a vegan/vegetarian. Sorry. I love meat.

Anyways. Onward.

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One tomato,
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sliced
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and topped with guacamole.
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Bacon,
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more guacamole, lettuce
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and topped with another tomato slice.
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Side view. Photo isn’t the best quality but here you can see the layers.

There’s really no particular recipe here. I cooked up some diced bacon (a little over 1/4 lb). I cut up an avocado, mashed it (I use a ziplock bag) and added a bit more fresh lime juice than usual..since I didn’t add mayo. Then salt, garlic powder and onion powder to taste. I usually buy romaine lettuce whole but Aldi was out. I got some bagged Caesar salad instead.

And that’s it. This sandwhich tastes like summer and really hits the spot. Fresh tomatoes from the garden make this so good 🙂

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Cost:

This sandwich cost me $2.78. Not bad! Decreasing the meat and using produce from the garden keeps it cheap. I’ll use a bit less bacon next time haha.

Enjoy!

~Rachel