|This is my outdoor canning station. Still minus a table but I make do|
I've already started giving tomatos away. I took the neighbor a box yesterday and the mail lady keeps finding tomato's in the mail box. Of course Mars keeps ribbing me about the bounty. He keeps saying "Aren't you glad you only planted 30 plants? And remember? You wanted to plant 50". Yeah yeah funny man. I wonder if I'll end up dropping them off on neighbors front porchs like zucchini before it's over.
Other than 3 plants that got knocked down in the last storm we had they are all looking nice and healthy. It actually looks like they might make it through the summer and into the fall. I haven't started drying tomato's yet but I suppose I will be soon. So far all I've been drying are the skins.
I had seen a post from someone who had made tomato juice for the first time. She talked all about how easy it was. Really? I'd like to remember where I saw it cause I wanna go ask her just what she considers hard!! LOL This had to be the most labor intensive thing I've done in ages. All the chopping of veggies to add to the juice, the cooking down, stirring, using the food mill to get it all nice, and then using the food mill again to try for a more smooth texture. I realize now I should have used the food processor first and then the food mill though. All that work netted me 7 quarts of tomato juice. I don't know if I'll be making more tomato juice any time again soon. But then again I sure do have a lot of tomato's still coming on. Geesh....
A friend sent me some seed a few months ago. One of the packages she had marked Yellow Canary Squash. I was instantly intrigued as I'd never heard of this before. Why? Because it is actually Canary Melon. I'd never heard of it or seen it before. I planted some and it's been growing like crazy. Nothing seems to be bothering it either. We're having a real bad grasshopper year and they aren't even on the melons. This thing is not only huge but so are the melons. There are at least a dozen of them out there and they all are at least 4lbs each, some more. She told me her kids liked it baked with some cinnamon and sugar. I've never heard of baking a melon before but I'm willing to try it.I've never eaten them before? How 'bout you? Have you ever grown or eaten Canary melon? Any suggestions or recipes?