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August 18, 2009

Yesterday I picked a few more tomatoes, bringing the total haul to a hair over 3 pounds.  I cored them, then quartered and pureed them in the blender.   According to the preserving book I have, when you use a blender to puree the tomatoes, you introduce a lot of air into the mix; it recommends bringing them to a boil, then simmering for 5 minutes.  So that’s what I did (I added some basil to the pot, just ’cause).

After simmering, the yield was 2 1/4 pounds of tomato puree.  It’s now in the freezer.  Yay!  When the time comes to use that for dinner, it’ll take a few hours for the puree to thicken up and become “sauce” – but that’s a lot easier to take in say, November.

There are a lot of people out there who buy tomatoes in bulk in peak season to can the sauce for the winter.  And I completely understand why – there’s nothing like a fresh tomato. Or sauce from same.

At the same time, I just can’t bring myself to spend a few dollars a pound for several pounds of tomatoes when a can – even a premium brand can – of puree’d tomatoes can be had for about a dollar.  So until fresh tomatoes ring up at a dollar a pound, I’ll stick with just canning what comes out of my garden, thanks.  Plus it comes in small enough increments that I don’t spend hours slaving over a hot stove in the middle of a heat wave.

Okay, let me get off my high horse.


I’m just past the heel flap on the latest pair of Christmas socks, ready to turn the heel.


They should be finished between now and Friday, and then I need to decide whether to start work on the next pair, or take a break and do something else.  I’ve been talking myself in and out of both sides for the past few days:

I’m tired of socks … but I’m on a roll and am almost halfway through my Christmas knitting.

I deserve a break … but won’t it be nice to have months of no-pressure knitting in fall and winter?

You see how it goes.

If I do step away from the socks, I’ll start a raglan pullover for the Peep.  I bought the yarn when we went to Webs in May, so this has been sitting in the queue for quite a while.  On the other hand, it’ll be several months before it’s cool enough to wear a wool sweater, so maybe it’s okay to let it sit a while longer.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 19, 2009 9:39 am

    2 socks on 2 circs? I need to figure that technique out. They look great.

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