I can't believe how many tomatoes I've gotten this year from just 12 plants. The Cherokee Purples have been the most productive of all. Because of this I've been making a lot of sauce. Usually I don't make spaghetti sauce. I buy it from the store. The meager tomato sauce I've saved in past years went into soups and chilis and such. I tried to not buy sauce for those, but spaghetti sauce has always been my very infrequent fast meal. This year I have so much sauce I'm not sure I need more for soups. Maybe.
Since I might well have enough for spaghetti sauce I figured I ought to boil this one down to a thicker sauce. I have a couple already canned that are thicker too. All the tomatoes totally filled up my shiny new 12 quart pot. Yes I got tired of dealing with just one 8 quart stock pot when making sauce. I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a nice 12 quart pot too. Oh goodness it makes life easier to have two pots when you are canning. Plus the new pot is big enough to fit on the big burner (my other one isn't) and wider than the other one so things cook down faster.
When it was all strained out and boiled down it made a measly 5 1/2 pints of sauce and one of tomato juice. So I boiled off 3/4 of the liquid. But I'm sure it will make yummy spaghetti sauce.
The photo above, taken in the morning sunlight, lies. It looks like they are a nice bright red, but the truth is that they are a very dark sauce. There are so many Cherokee Purple tomatoes in there that it is dusky in a way. It is very pretty, but not the bright red. More of a deep sultry red.
Current canning count:
- Tomato sauce 13 pints
- Tomato sauce 7 half pints
- Tomato sauce 3 quarter pints
- Annie's Salsa 12 pints (plus one is already gone)
- Salsa Verde 14 pints (plus one that is already gone)
- Tomatillo Sauce 2 pints
- Dill pickles 12 pints
- Relish 7 half pints
- Applesauce 13 pints (plus one still from last year)
I still have some raspberry/jalapeno jelly from last year and a lot of apple butter. My new pantry is really filling up. I'm a bit sad though. I never made any jam this year. I'll have to make sure to buy some peaches, strawberries, and/or blueberries early next year to get some jam. I really should do this before the tomato season hits and I no longer feel like making jam. My problem is that it was so hot that I kept waiting for the heat to break, which didn't happen until now.