Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When life hands you ripened produce...

You do the right thing.. and give it away! My mom was given a basket of tomatoes and peppers from her baby brother. She took a whopping 3 and left the rest for me. So I did the good daughter thing and took them.. Directly from her place and to my next door neighbors! Thankfully I was able to leave 3/4 of the peppers there-(there is a birthday coming up which means Italian sausage and Peppers...Happy Birthday A!) So I was still left with more then a half dozen peppers and about 10 tomatoes. I washed everything and stared at them for a while. I decided to seed and chop the peppers for my own future crock pot nights. Since I was on a roll I did the same with the bag of onions I had on my counter. Tossed them in with the peppers.

Now onto the tomatoes... I decided that I would cook them down and make some juice to freeze until needed. So I got to work.. chopped them down and gave them a quick run in the food processor. Tossed them in a pot and set them to cook. About 90m later I turned the heat off and let it cool. After dinner I poured into a fine mesh sieve and used a spatula to push all the juice out. I tossed the pulp and grabbed a freezer quart bag to store the juice in. When I went to pour the juice into the bag the bowl slipped out of my hand and almost all the juice went splashing on the counter and floor... I was so pissed I poured the rest down the drain and finished the dishes!

This morning as I was making coffee I noticed gnats... I hate these things.. They make me miserable because they irritate my husband and when he is crabby.. you get it...
So this morning I found myself peeling and slicing softball sized peaches... They are in the freezer to be used when the house is chilly and I feel the desire to bake! Since Pears do not have the same usability the kids will be eating lots of fresh pears today!

1 comment:

Krista said...

Sorry for the bad experience. I've been freezing peppers for sausage and peppers through the winter. Tried sauce, but don't know if I'm going to go to the trouble again. I just stick the tomatoes in whole, and in the winter will just pop them in to whatever I'm making for a stewed tomatoe effect. Much easier that way!