Sunday, August 7, 2011

Our Weekly Harvest for August 7th, 2011.

The bountiful harvest continues for us from our back yard organic garden. This week we were blessed with the following for our food supplies:

Roma Tomatoes     8 pounds
San Marzano Tomatoes     2 Pounds
Big Boy Tomatoes     5 Pounds 11 Ounces
Park's Whopper Tomatoes     1 Pound 8 Ounces
Sweet Banana Peppers     3 Pounds 8 Ounces
Giant Marconi Peppers     1 Pound 8 Ounces
Brown Turkey Figs     5  1/2 Ounces
Heritage Raspberries     6 1/2 Ounces
Patio Tomatoes     3/4 Ounce

I'm trying my hand at making Sweet and Hot Banana Pepper Jelly. I used a standard hot banana pepper jelly recipe, but substituted sweet banana peppers for the hot ones. To give it some zing, I used one jalapeno pepper in it.

Here are five half-pints of the Banana Pepper Jelly. I put the other jar in the fridge because I can't wait to use it. It tastes pretty good if you like banana pepper flavor like I do.

These are just some of the tomatoes that I used to make the pasta sauce that we like so much. It's a pre-packaged mix from Mrs. Wages, but we think it's very tasty.

I bought this antique food mill for only one dollar at a church bazaar in Hudson, New York. I wasn't sure what it was, but I liked the looks of it so I bought it. As I was carrying it around, an older woman stopped me and said "Oh! I remember when my mother used one of those to make tomato sauce and applesauce." Then I knew what it was for and it was going to work well for my needs. I've been using it for three years now. It is VERY sturdy.

I positioned it to straddle a Pampered Chef 2 quart measuring bowl, and went to work rolling those tomatoes through it. I actually thought at first I might need a hand-cranked food mill, but I believe this one worked even easier and faster. Look at that beautiful red tomato sauce!

All measured out and being cooked according to the Mrs. Wages Pasta Sauce package directions. It smelled great!

I ended up with 10 pints of pasta sauce for our food storage.

I couldn't resist taking a picture of this since I'm so proud of canning all of it. Most of what I have canned this year is on this shelf, but there is a lot more. I need to make another shelf in order to have enough storage shelf space.

That completes the latest Weekly Harvest for us.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great vegetable gardening day!

Veggie PAK


  1. It looks like that unit could fit two more shelves. That is a lot of canning you have done.

  2. Your shelves of self-canned goodies is most impressive! And canning season isn't even over :)

    My husband's grandmothers both had a food mill very similar to the one you pictured and he wishes now that he had gotten one when he had the chance...

  3. I just love looking at all those jars of canned goods!! They are beautiful! My cabinet in the basement is full already. I am going to have to make room on some of the shelves down there soon.

  4. No problems of survival for you if you get cut off in deep snow this coming Winter then...!
    I have a "Mouli-Legumes" device which is brilliant for making tomato sauce, just like your gadget. Sometimes the old technology is best.

  5. That antique food mill was giving me a flashback, and I just realized it was to my Mom's hand crank sifter.

  6. Daphne, I really need to make new shelves. This one was actually my germination shelf from last year. If you enlarge it, you can see the hooks for the lights and the thermometer on the right end of it. I'll need it for it's original purpose this coming year.

    foodgardenkitchen, Thanks! I too, have had missed opportunities for neat things like the mill. Now I get while the gettin' is good!

    Robin, I think they're beautiful too. They represent a lot of work in growing and canning.

    Mark Willis, I agree with you that the old technology may be the best.

    Karen Anne, Thanks! Most of the kids today won't have those kinds of flashbacks since everything today is fast and faster food. Personally, I cherish those flashbacks.

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by and to those that shared comments with me. I really do value the fact that you take your time to visit my blog.

    Have a great gardening day!
    Veggie PAK

  7. Its really impressive on the canning and hardwork you have put in.