My husband went to a canning class. He’s such a good sport.
We’re both highly motivated because we have a Concord grape vine in our backyard. Well, we rent so it’s not technically our vine, but it’s sitting there producing pretty purple grapes. Our first year here (two years ago) we actually tried making grape jelly on the stove. It never set, we never “sterilized” or “processed” anything and we just made an awful mess of the kitchen.
So last year we let the birds eat the bounty.
This summer I found canning classes so we decided that we’d give it another chance. The place was offering two classes and it seemed logical that we would each get a chance to see someone can who knows what they are doing.
I asked my husband to go to the first class.
He showed up and texted me, “Hilarious, this class is me and 20 women!”
I couldn’t resist so I texted him back, “You like them odds? :)”
He responded, “Average age 55 I think not!”
Me: “Oh man! Well, you are there to learn after all! :)”
He came back actually pretty enthusiastic and proud of the jar of peach preserves he was carrying. Although my class was less hands-on, now I feel less intimidated by the process because I have seen it done. If other mere mortals can do this, then I can too.
I’ll have to keep you updated on if we are successful making grape jelly!
I picked up the CSA box and saw something curious…
What’s that peeking out?
It’s an hierloom tomato!
Right side up!
Kale, Eggplant, The Tomato, two onions, pepper
Melon, Carrots, Eggplant
Bag of lettuce, sack of tomatoes, miscellaneous peppers
Six ears of corn!
- 1 hierloom tomato
- 2 eggplants
- 1 bunch of kale
- 2 onions
- 4 miscellaneous peppers
- 1 melon
- 1 bunch of carrots
- 1 bag of lettuce
- 1 sack of tomatoes
- 6 ears of corn
Everyone always talks about how great hierloom tomatoes taste. Well, my husband and I both agree that they are just okay. I figured they would be best fresh. I just sliced it up and we ate it raw. It tasted just “eh.” Nothing special going on there. Definitely bucking the rule there. We didn’t eat it until two days after I picked up our share. Should I have sliced it up immediately?
I made tomato sauce from scratch for the first time and it really was terrific. My husband loved it. I want to share the recipe and photos, but pictures of tomato sauce just look like barf. I don’t need pictures of barf on my blog. It was delicious barf though! (Planning on a second “recipe” blog…at some point…)