|Tomato plants back in June without support!|
|Tomato plants without cages gone wild!|
|Now in cages and coming out the top|
|Second bed of tomatoes|
|Future tomato sauce! I love these red cages from Burpee|
But the good news is that I finally bought some cages to last past one season! These Burpee cages came highly recommended by Cheryl Snider. You may not know her but she's a knowledgeable gal! Her husband and her plant about 40 tomato plants every year. So they know what they're doing.
Here's the link for the cages: Burpee Pro Series Cages and Extenders Red
Yesterday started the tomato sauce canning season. I used my favorite kitchen appliance, the electric tomato strainer and my assistant, Rylie, and we had enough that after cooking down to make 4 quart jars of sauce. Which is about half of what I got from the Arkansas Traveler's alone last year. We'll probably eat half of it tonight because I'm making spaghetti and meatballs for Pat's birthday. Today using beef instead of the traditional turkey because a patient brought me some beef from a locally grown, free range cow.
So here again is my trusty friend I bought from Harvest Essentials Roma Deluxe Electric Strainer
When I make paste I do it by roasting the tomatoes in the oven first. See the previous blog post for Easy Peasy Tomato Paste.