Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tomato sauce weekend, the 2010 version

Thanks to an unusually warm (some might say sweltering) summer, the annual tomato sauce-making weekend came early this year. Last year we did them in September, but this year Uncle Luigi set August 28 as the day we would turn 10 bushels of San Marzanos into sauce.

Last year, there were only 5 adults and 2 kids (sporadically) working. But this year, one of Uncle Luigi and Aunt Marisa's sons came over with his wife and 3 kids who were all willing and ready to help so the tomatoes were all sliced and milled pretty quickly. After that, it was just the processing of the jars and waiting for them to cool down.

C just informed me last night that the final tally was 206 jars! Uncle Luigi was exceptionally proud of the fact that on average, 1 bushel of tomatoes produced 25 jars, which is about 3 more litres than last year's yield.

If you'd like to re-live our tomato weekend, enjoy the slideshow below.