Too Many Tomatoes?

TomatoesTomatoes, tomatoes!  What would I do with them all?  There was such a great year for tomato yield with just the right amount of sunshine and rain, we gathered several bushels full.   I canned the usual stewed tomatoes and spaghetti sauce, tried my hand again at salsa, and still had tomatoes left over.

Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their antioxidant benefits. They provide an excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene, a very good amount of the mineral manganese, and a good amount of vitamin E.

Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

A few years back, I decided to try making homemade homemade cream of tomato soup My mother always made it and it was wonderful, but she said there was a certain secret to adding the tomatoes to the hot milk – or was it the hot milk to the tomatoes?  I could never remember which way made the milk curdle.  It was still edible but did not look too desirable or appetizing for that matter.  Some fresh tomato soups call for chicken broth instead of milk.  Some use maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sugar.  These can be more watery and not as creamy.  Everyone has their own taste when it comes to a good hot bowl of tomato soup.

I decided to try something new instead of soup – homemade catsup.  I hoped it would work. Searching through my mother’s hand-me-down written recipes, I discovered a recipe for homemade catsup.  It looked doable.

Now, I am not one for measuring ingredients too well.  I like the taste and tell method better.  Add a little more of this, some of that – taste it.   Works for me.  (See how it used to be made under “Grandma’s Way” tab). Some would rather be more precise in their cooking ventures.

Step-by-step instructions with pictures.

How to Make & Can Your Own Ketchup with Fresh Tomatoes