Monday, July 16, 2012
I will forever savor hearing the "POP" of a jar sealing as it rests on the counter, fresh from the canner. And, for as long as I can remember, my mom and I count them together as they sound off during the sealing process.
This season has been productive so far. We have several quarts and pints of pasta and pizza sauces and a spicy tomato sauce that is something new for us this year.
We have likely reached the last of our big batches of tomatoes for the season. The tomato plants are looking really sad with the heat and lack of rain. I am holding out hope that we will get some moisture and they will rally for a late summer crop.
My more realistic thought is that I will start to scout the local farmer's markets for some tomatoes. At Saturday morning's market, there were a couple of vendors with canning specials on tomatoes, so I will have to do some more investigating.
Still, I love this season. One of my favorite ways to relax is to peal a pile of tomatoes and work them into a counter full of beautifully preserved food.