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I Quit

30 Sep

The second reason I did not take many pictures this past weekend is tomatoes and milk.  Seriously.  I’m not getting much milk from the girls right now, but it still adds up.

That means, I started Saturday by making three batches of mozzarella.  I also had to deep fry the mozzarella sticks that we made last weekend.  They’ve been in the freezer all week taunting me.

Then I switched to tomatoes.

This is my canning total for Saturday: 13 pints and 2 half-pints of roasted sauce; two pints and four quarts of cold pack tomatoes; and six pints and three quarts of tomato juice.

My basement is full. I’ve already given away two dozen pints of sauce/salsa.  I quit.  I refuse to do any more tomatoes this year!

That means I moved on to other garden items!  I chopped and froze some okra.

I started preparing and freezing butternut squash.  I did some for me and some for my uncle.

Someone had to check out the squash after I put the skins in the birds’ bucket.

Sky and Snickers

Snickers decided that it tasted yummy.

I pulled the last of the beets and shared them with my nephew.  I roasted and froze mine. Since my peppers didn’t do well, my sister sent me a bucket.

I’m still working on getting the peppers done.  I did take a break though, and made three batches of soap Sunday afternoon.

That includes a new fragrance–crisp apple rose.

More of the Weekend Work

24 Sep

I shared that Saturday was really busy and productive.  Sunday was a continuation of the preserving.  I had to finish making the relish after it sat overnight.

Then my mom came out and we worked on making Mozzarella sticks from the four batches of cheese I had made.

You can see Sky was helping too.  As long as you don’t mind not being able to move.  Silly dog.

Mom and Sky

Then mom and I did a bunch of rearranging and locating jars and delivering canned goods to my son and nephew.  I can honestly say, I will be grateful to rest when the canning and milking season is done.

The Land of Milk and Tomatoes

3 Sep

I really hoped to get caught up with the three day weekend.  But I am absolutely drowning in milk and tomatoes.

Astra waiting to go in and be milked

Over the weekend, I made two batches of Mozzarella cheese.

I made two batches of feta (which uses some of the buttermilk I made overnight Friday into Saturday).

I finally gave up and just froze a couple of gallons for next year’s kids, and I still have more in the fridge.  I still have soap and mozzarella sticks to make.

Of course, Aurora has to peek in the milk room and see whether or not she’s going to get a treat.

Aurora

I roasted tomatoes Thursday and Friday evening.  I canned them and roasted more on Saturday.  In total, I canned 20 1/2 pints of roasted tomato sauce over the weekend.

I also canned 20 pints of cold packed tomatoes.

Then I decided to go pick the garden on Monday.  I figured I might have some to ripen throughout the week.  It takes two pictures to show you what all I have sitting around waiting to be canned yet.

Holy never-ending tomatoes! You can’t even tell I’ve picked any tomatoes yet.  They are still completely loaded.

I washed, cored, and froze three and a half gallon bags that I will turn into juice at the end of the canning season.

Up next will be salsa, more sauce, and more cold pack tomatoes.  I’m pretty sure my family and I will have enough tomatoes to survive the zombie apocalypse.