An essential trip to Perry Bridge for tomatoes

Tomato sauce is an essential for my younger daughter’s family.  I make the sauce which has become the firm favourite for the family.  We had been hoping to get sauce tomatoes from the local greengrocer but the price was a bit expensive.  We have been fortunate in previous years to get our tomatoes from a farmer at Perry Bridge but last year he didn’t have a crop.  We were lucky this year as he had an advertisement in the local paper saying that he had tomatoes for sale this year so we made the 150 km round trip to get the tomatoes. $15 for a ten kilo box.

We also bought some capsicum from him and I already had the garlic and onions.

The box had ten kilos so I cooked the sauce in 2 kilo lots.

I prepared each of the spice lots and chopped the tomatoes and onions in 5 batches.

Here you can see I have completed two batches and there are three waiting for the next lot of cooking.I chop the onion in the food processor but do the tomatoes by hand.

This lets you see if the sauce is ready for bottling.  This wasn’t ready as you can see that the liquid has separated.  The mixture needed to be cooked for longer.

It took two days to complete the ten kilos but it was well worth it.

Reposting of “Tomato relish instead of sauce” in light of the death of Margaret Fulton.

Originally posted in 2017.  Thank you Margaret Fulton.

Last year I made loads of tomato sauce and this year I have also made sauce but not quite as much.  Today for a bit of a change I made relish instead.

The recipe was from Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopaedia of Food and Cookery

Margaret Fulton's Encyclopaedia of Food and CookeryWe have had this book since 1983 and it still gets referred to occasionally.

Here is the recipe I used

recipe“until the mixture is thick.” had me in a bit of a quandary as there are various stages of thick!  I did it until I thought it was thick enough and it seems to have turned out ok.  This is the first time I have done a pickle, relish or sauce that has flour as a thickener.

It was delicious on cheese.

 

More activity linked to gardening.

Part of the love of gardening is the enjoyment to be had from the fruits of your labour.  When vegetables and fruit ripen and flowers and bushes bloom you can take the time to enjoy your hard work.

We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year but I only planted the tiny tomatoes, not those that you use for making sauce so I had to buy a box of tomatoes to make our sauce.  I have made a batch of sauce from eight kilos of tomatoes.  I usually cook the sauce in two kilo lots so it was four lots of cooking over a couple of days.

The batch is now waiting for me to put on the labels.

On this previous post you can check out the recipe I use.

Sauce time

This year I almost missed out on making my tomato sauce.  The place where we usually buy our sauce tomatoes wasn’t in operation so I had to find another source.  Fortunately I was able to buy a box of saucing tomatoes at the local greengrocer.  Crisis averted.  Our younger daughter’s partner is a great lover of our sauce so we wanted to make sure he had a supply.  Unfortunately we didn’t have a supply of our usual sauce bottles so he has ended up with some strange bottles.

The sauce still tastes delicious.  You can find the recipe here.

This season’s last batch

sauce ingredientsToday i made my last batch of tomato sauce for the season.  The next door neighbour will be the recipient of this sauce as he provided the tomatoes.

I have run out of sauce bottles and went to the four thrift shops in Bairnsdale to see if they had any bottles for preserves but they only had one!  There were a few jam jars but only one sauce bottle so I have had to resort to using two lemonade bottles in order to fit all the sauce.

I think I have had enough of tomato sauce making for now. This photo shows the result of the previous three batches of sauce.

previous batch of sauceIn the previous batch I had to resort to a rum bottle as I had run out of bottles.rum bottleThis batch had chilli in the sauce.  My son likes this version of the tomato sauce.

My next bit of preserving is likely to be cucumbers.

Tomato relish instead of sauce.

Last year I made loads of tomato sauce and this year I have also made sauce but not quite as much.  Today for a bit of a change I made relish instead.

The recipe was from Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopaedia of Food and Cookery

Margaret Fulton's Encyclopaedia of Food and CookeryWe have had this book since 1983 and it still gets referred to occasionally.

Here is the recipe I used

recipe“until the mixture is thick.” had me in a bit of a quandary as there are various stages of thick!  I did it until I thought it was thick enough and it seems to have turned out ok.  This is the first time I have done a pickle, relish or sauce that has flour as a thickener.

It was delicious on cheese.