This week I was able to put up another canner load of salsa and several quarts (I think 21 so far) of whole and quartered tomato's. I also put up 7 quarts of a nice blend of tomato's, onions and jalapeno's for a kind of a "Ro-Tel" tomato mix. I'm thinking I'll probably put up another batch or two of that. I just love Ro-Tel tomato's in so many dishes. I've been drying tomato's as well. My dehydrator's have pretty much been working 24/7 for the past month. I saw an article (well several actually) about drying tomato skins to grind and use as a tomato powder. I'll be sure to let you know how that comes out. My first attempt is in the dehydrator right now and will be ready to work with today. I've also been drying green peppers, lots of okra, and onions. We just pulled up the last of the onions so I'll be focusing on those next. They did really well this year. I think we've probably got around 40 pounds or so. Not bad for a first attempt!
It's hard to believe that as hot as it is right now it's time to be starting the fall garden here. After such a big spring/summer garden this year we've decided to slow the roll just a bit this fall. There are too many other projects that need working on that have been put on hold till cooler weather. Mars has two rows ready to plant in. Now I need to decide what it is I want to put in them. I can guarantee one thing.... there won't be more than a couple of tomato plants! Got to have some for eating fresh ya know? LOL!
I'm taking the day off from tomato's today and focusing on peppers. I've been waiting until I got enough banana peppers now to try making a new recipe I've been thinking about. Some Sweet Hot Banana Pepper rings. I'll try to remember to take some pictures of the finished product.
And as if I weren't busy enough, while I was at the dreaded grocery store yesterday I spied a huge bag of banana's that was marked at $1.29. There must be at least ten pounds of them. Since I don't have any room in the freezer (due to tomato's) I'm going to have to do something with them today as well. Besides making a banana pudding I think I'll try my hand at making some Monkey Butter. I've never made it before so we'll see how that works out. What's left will be dried into banana chips. I wonder if you can re-hydrate banana chips? If you could it would be a neat way to store them to use later on in things like banana bread. Have you ever tried that? If so, how did it work for you?