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Old 09-24-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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I'm tired of processing tomatoes and basil!!!

My tomatoes(6 plants) have just gone crazy this year-crazy!!! We have tomatoes all over our kitchen. One shelf in the freezer has tomatoes. I made lots of sauce too. I've made caprese half a dozen times and also taken it as an extra to a couple cookouts. I'm eating tomato/cucumber-BLT-tomato/cheddar and grilled cheese with fresh tomato slices. I've made Greek Salads with cucs, olives, onions and feta. I made gazpacho(big batches) twice. Then there are the huge, bushlike, basil plants that have gotten ahead of me. I'm beggin people to take basil. We have several containers of frozen pesto, frozen ice cube tray cubes of chopped basil in olive oil, caprese until I can't stand to look at it. Tomorrow or Wednesday, I'm drying a bunch of basil. It was just a perfect growing season!!! Next year, we'll probably have nothing.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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My tomatoes(6 plants) have just gone crazy this year-crazy!!! We have tomatoes all over our kitchen. One shelf in the freezer has tomatoes. I made lots of sauce too. I've made caprese half a dozen times and also taken it as an extra to a couple cookouts. I'm eating tomato/cucumber-BLT-tomato/cheddar and grilled cheese with fresh tomato slices. I've made Greek Salads with cucs, olives, onions and feta. I made gazpacho(big batches) twice. Then there are the huge, bushlike, basil plants that have gotten ahead of me. I'm beggin people to take basil. We have several containers of frozen pesto, frozen ice cube tray cubes of chopped basil in olive oil, caprese until I can't stand to look at it. Tomorrow or Wednesday, I'm drying a bunch of basil. It was just a perfect growing season!!! Next year, we'll probably have nothing.
Can you can your own chilli and veggie soup base. I know my MIL will do that when she has more tomatoes than she knows what to do with. My SIL makes salsa.

Are you a ketup eating family? Maybe give a try at making that.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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I feel your pain. I planted 1-just one-cherokee purple tomato plant along with my usualy Roma and Yellow tomatoes. I was told that it probably wouldnt do much as the summers in colorado are not long and hot enough. For half the summer it did nothing-then-suddenly it went insane. We now call it the "Tomato Apocalypse." Its full of HUGE-as in a lb a piece tomatos that are now coming ripe all at once-YAY me. An my herb beds have gone insane-i have 3foot tall rosemary,ive frozen mint, dried mint, and made mint pesto. Ive made basi pesto and thyme lemonade. Ive enough oregano to supply all the italian resturants in the state.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Me too but I'm making salsa. If the world ends, y'all need to come to Utah for salsa.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:08 AM   #5
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Man, I'd take some! Do you have (or can you start) a garden share table at work or church? How about calling a food bank or feeding program to see if they want some?

As long as they are still unopened, or in the case of produce still in their natural state, they'll generally take them.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:28 AM   #6
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I hear ya! I've filled up 2 freezers with sauce and the overflow is now in my friend's freezer!
And I still have 2 more large bowls left on my counter!

I've made salsa, vodka rigatoni sauce, chili, lasagna, caprese, salads and tried giving them all away but they are still over running my kitchen.

Next year I am planning to can so I'm sure we'll have a lame season!
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:49 AM   #7
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I'm pouting right now, because my big tomato plants did NOTHING this year. We are in an area where the drought hit pretty hard, and they were neglected when I went on vacation.

My cherry tomato plants have exploded in the last two weeks, and if we don't get a frost, we'll be eating them for weeks. But not a single big tomato on the regular plants.

So feel free to leave some on my porch if you're in the neighborhood.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:17 AM   #8
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Two words: chili sauce. It takes a TON of tomatoes for just one batch so it is a great solution to the OMG Tomatoes! feeling that tends to hit around this time of year.

I've got a freezer full of spaghetti sauce, two cases of salsa in the pantry, we've had caprese for lunch 2-3 days a week for a month, and I'm still harvesting. Chili sauce is up next. After that, maybe ketchup?
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:54 AM   #9
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Where are you tomato explosion people? I willing to drive a fair distance to relieve you of your troubles (and tomatoes!).
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OP, I feel your pain! I have canned whole tomatoes, sauce, salsa, chili sauce, and tomato/zucchini mix. Also dehydrated tomatoes. Thankfully, our season has been over for a few weeks so I can put away the darned canner!
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I feel your pain. Tomatoes weren't that bad this year, but I planted a couple cucumber plants for DH and DS (I'm allergic) and they simply exploded. They actually got so out of control that they strangled a couple tomato plants... Needless to say, I have enough bread and butter, sweet and dill pickles to last a decade.
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My plants never took off this year. I was so sad. I offered to pay on my facebook to my friends for fresh tomatoes. No one has taken me up yet. I am craving a tomato sandwich.

I envy you!
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Where are you tomato explosion people? I willing to drive a fair distance to relieve you of your troubles (and tomatoes!).
I'm in Michigan, where our weird warm summer caused all of my sub-tropical veggies to go crazy. We had eggplant coming out of our ears for all of August, and now it is peppers and tomatoes... I've got to have 20lbs of tomatoes still waiting to be processed, mostly roma now and some slicers, along with a couple dozen bell peppers in assorted colors. And that's after canning up a storm and giving some away to a half-dozen neighbors. I'll probably have at least a bushel of each to drop off on pick-up day at the food pantry, but they don't have storage space for produce so I can only drop them off on that one day a month.

I complain and joke about it around this time every year, when I swear I'll scream if I have to process just one more, but come January I'll be looking through the seed catalogs thinking about how to expand the garden again... But next year, I'm definitely thinking fewer eggplants, fewer green beans, more corn, and more peas; not a single peapod or ear of corn made it into the house because the kids ate them all right off the plant.
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