Tomato harvest

The first of september and the Roma tomatoes were mostly ripe. Unfortunately, the birds have discovered them, so ripe or not, it was time to harvest.  It was a pretty good basket of tomatoes, one Striped Roma, the rest regular.  Probably 5-6 lbs of fruit.  Most needing some time to ripen up before being used in cooking.

Did have some that have been sitting on the counter now for a few days, and decided to get them ready for roasting.  All the previously harvested romas are in the freezer; either peeled and seeded or just frozen whole.  The last batches will be seeded, sprinkled with seasoned olive oil, roasted, and then peeled.  Definately a delicious smell in the house and really easy to peel.  Between what I already had, and the few good ripe ones picked this AM, had three trays. about 4-1/2 lbs.  When all was said and done, there was 1-1/2lbs of peeled, seeded, roasted tomatoes going into the freezer.  Drained off all the juice from these and the seeds for about 1c of juices. This was used to cook some rice and make a base for some tomato rice soup.  Have not idea how many lbs total I’ve gotten out of the garden in Romas.  At this point, I’m not even sure how many plants I had, but think actually 10, with some being ‘doubled up’ when I planted two seedlings together.  If this 1-1/2 lbs of peeled and seeded fruit from 4-1/2lbs of whole fruit is an indication, its not really going to make a lot of sauce!

There’s about 8 lbs of whole fruit in the freezer, which should equate to maybe 2-1/2 lbs of peeled, seeded?  Then there’s another 3lbs of peeled and seeded in there.  With what’s sitting to ripen, equivalent of another 1-1/2 lbs of peeled seeded.  That’s  a total of  8-1/2 lbs.  Even using some of the juice from the whole tomatoes, I’ll be lucky to get 3 quarts of sauce!!  That process probably won’t happen until October. Its just going to be that long before I have the time to do it. Although I do need the freezer space.  Updates will follow!

Oh yes, there are are more tomatoes out there growing still. Some greens of the Romas, more of the striped Romas which will probably be used for cooking through the season, and now the eating tomatoes are finally starting to ripen. Had Box Car Willie sliced on our sandwich for lunch!!

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