Thursday, July 08, 2010

Our Turn To Roast

It's already been in the mid 90's several times for for several days in a row this summer but now it's our turn to see 100F today and join the Northeast in scorching. Needless to say I won't be in the garden or mowing the lawn today. Just as well since there is a literal mountain of tomatoes that need dealing with today. I posted a pic of the dining room table a few days back, well there are twice as many tomatoes or maybe even more.
Going to make sauce today since that is the easiest. No peeling or seeding just core and whack them up and run them through the food mill. Then just cook down the sauce until it is as thick as you want. Since you pack it hot the processing time is only 10 minutes. My guess is 20 plus pints so it will be a full day of canning. Got a big jug of iced tea made and plenty of lemons so I am good to go.

Everybody watch the heat and keep hydrated. Remember that evaporation is a very effective way to cool off and just a damp washcloth over the face does wonders to lower your temperature. If you have to be out in the sun wear light colored clothes and a hat that is ventilated and find shade whenever you can as it is always a few degrees cooler.

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