Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Canning, Canning and More Canning

Today's harvest includes 47 Red Currant, 39 Snow White, 15 Black Cherry, 14 Tiger Paw, 10 Jaune Coeur de Pigeon, 9 Yellow Perfection, 9 front yard Husky Cherry Red, 6 SunSugar, 6 back yard Green Grape, 4 back yard Garden Peach(2), 4 Japanese Black Trifele, 4 Babywine, 4 Oaxacan Jewel(1) (7 ounces, 6.5 ounces, 7.5 ounces), 4 Oaxacan Jewel(2), 3 front yard Garden Peach, 3 Vintage Wine (one 7.5 ounces), 3 Plum Tigris, 3 Black From Tula (8 ounces, 10 ounces, 10 ounces), 3 Sweet 100, 3 White Currant, 3 back yard Husky Cherry Red, 3 Amazon Chocolate (7.5 ounces, 7.5 ounces, 6 ounces), 2 Pierce's Pride, 2 Cuor de Bue (9 ounces, 8.5 ounces), 2 German Orange Strawberry, 2 Red Grape, 2 Mong, 2 Super Snow White, 2 front yard Speckled Roman, 2 Dr. Wyche's Yellow (11.5 ounces, 8.5 ounces), Silvery Fir Tree, a front yard Green Grape and Turkish Striped Monastery for a total of 218 tomatoes.

I found out that there were issues with Sunday's canning. There were problems with the tongs being used to fish the cans out of the hot water.

So my wife met with Liz and Ricardo yesterday, went to an Ace Hardware store in San Dimas and bought the appropriate bottle tongs. She had a good time and brought home more tomatoes to sample.

She spent around four hours canning last night, using a recipe supplied by a friend of mine. And she went to bed utterly exhausted.

While canning we tried a Nyagous tomato provided by Liz and Ricardo as well as a Dr. Wyche's Yellow. Two big thumbs up from both of us! Nyagous was very tasty. Dr. Wyche's Yellow looked great when sliced and has a mellow, low-acid, almost plain taste that was quite good.

But in the “no good deed goes unpunished” category, the bathtub backed up with tomato skins and bits of tomato from the sink. The plumber has been called.

While harvesting in the back yard I noticed that a lot of the plants are looking tired, haggard and somewhat exhausted. Having said that, SunSugar is getting a bit of a second wind.

I haven't taped in a while because it's been too hot. Several plants can use it.

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