|Fresh from the garden!|
The kids have been involved from the very first seed planted this spring. When we jump on the 4-wheeler to check the mail down our 1/4 mile driveway, we always come up the back way and 'check Papa's crops'. Yesterday, Papa (on a break from his home office) took the kids out to the tomato patch just outside our back door. They picked a LOT of tomatoes! That meant it was time to preserve them before there was any waste - waste not, want not!
The 'recipe' is easy:
|Straining out skins and cores.|
- Cut tomatoes into quarters - don't worry about peeling or coring
- Place into a large stock pot (low heat/simmer) - or crock pot (high) and cover with lid
- Cook all day and then strain to remove seeds, skin, and ends.
- Return to pot and reduce to desired concentration - no lid.
- If you are making paste - reduce until a thick, pasty consistency is achieved.
- If you are making spaghetti sauce - allow to thicken to desired consistency.
- Some batches are made plain and some batches also have additions of fresh garlic and basil added.
|Botany class - weeds vs. flowers identification.|
- I never add salt or sugar.
|Tomato paste stored in re-purposed baby food containers.|
|Number printables - FREE|
We also worked on the letter A and the number 0 (zero).
Do you pray and say the pledge of allegiance before class?