Welcome to the 18th Tea Time TuesdayTomato Garden
As you look around my 100 year old Craftsman Bungalow, Remember we are remodeling!
My husband Terry tied up his tomato plants, they reached eight feet tall this summer.
While canning the tomato’s I found an old, old Ball Canning Recipe book.
I have to have my glass of ice tea.
More jars washed and ready to go, these are the old Mayonnaise
I got these mayonnaise glass jars from my 90 year old neighbors house after she had pasted away.
Canned jars of Chow Chow and more Tomatoes ready to cook.
The small tomato garden made 200 pounds of tomatoes. Which we shared with friends and neighbors. My Daddy came and picked up about 40 pounds of Tomatoes, Watermelons, and Okra. He even went home with a rooster and a hen, after seeing our farm fresh eggs.
My Daddy’s Chow Chow Recipe
Canner, glass jars, jar lids and rings,
tongs, jar holder, towel,
large enamel pot to cook tomatoes,
measuring spoons and cup
FROM THE PANTRY
4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
3 cups of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups sugar – this made it a little too sweet
FROM THE GARDEN
25 large tomatoes
10 hot fresh peppers – I used jalapeno
4 large bell peppers
3 large coarse cut yellow onions
Blancing the Tomatoes
In large pot, cook on high, then to medium,drain off water, peel the skin off and core the tomatoes.
In large mixing bowl add all ingredients from the pantry and stir. Taste to see if mixture is hot enough.
In large enamel pot bring mixture to boil, then cook on medium, for about 1&1/2 to 2 hours until thick and onions and peppers are soft.
Next time I will use half the sugar as it was a little sweet for our taste, If mixture is too thick in beginning, add a little water. To keep mixture from boiling over you can add 1 tablespoon of margarine. When splitting the hot pepper and taking out the seeds, you my want to use gloves, I didn’t and my hands burned for hours.
Makes about 12 pints
While the tomato mixture is cooking. Using a canner pot, add clean jars and cover with water, bring almost to rolling boil and turn down temperture. About 10 minutes before the tomato mixture is done, I add the rings and the caps. Take out a jar with tongs or jar holder and using a funnel fill the mixture to 1/ 2 inch from the top. Make sure to wipe off any spills around the top of the jar, before adding the lid and ring. Use the tongs and take the lid placing it on the jar and then add ring. I usually turn my jars upside down over night and turn up the next morning. This makes the heat from the mixture and lid, makes the vacum seal of lid to the jar.
My husband turned the jars over in 4 hours and checked for the seal., by tapping on the lid. If the lid moves up and down, it needs to go in the fridge. Enjoy on your peas and cornbread.
Iced Tea With a Tomato Sandwich
I enjoyed a glass of ice tea, a tomato sandwich, homemade salsa, chips, and cinnamon nut bread. My sister, Doris gave me the lovely bowl, where I place an arrangement of magnolia and grapes.
My friend Hazel always brings such wonderful Happy’s, as I call them, to brighten my day! On her last visit she brought the cinnamon nut bread. Which I topped with dream whip and homemade fig preserves. My husband does not care much for cake or bread , but he loves Hazel’s cinnamon nut bread. As you can see its almost gone. The fig preserves we canned,
my grandchildren do love them so.
The tomato sandwich is made from home grown tomatoes with mayonnaise,salt, pepper, and bread. Thats All! I just love sitting down to a good tasting home grown tomato sandwich! Don’t You?.
As Always Save a Cup of Tea For Me!
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where she is hosting:
Tablescape Thursday and Metamorphosis Monday
Visit Michael Lee at Designs By Gollum,
where she is hosting:
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