40 pounds of tomatoes, temps in the 100s all week, and no AC at home. What should I do with them?
Got a little carried away at the U-pick this weekend. I've given several away to my friends, some are sun-drying, and I peeled/seeded 10 pounds for sauce in the crockpot. What else can I do that won't heat up my already steamy house? Thx!
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In the book Keeping Food Fresh, it says you can make tomato balls by slicing the tomatoes in half, gently squeezing each one as you put it in a jar. Put the jar in the sun (don't put the lid on tight as it may explode. Better still use a cloth to cover it) until the tomatoes "begin to foam and smell a bit fermented." You strain off the seeds and skins, and put the remaining tomato guck in a clean, finely woven cloth. Hang the cloth until you get a paste dry enough to shape into balls. Shape into balls, then season them with salt (which also helps preserve them), and any herbs. place in a clean jar and cover with oil. Close the jar (but not super tight as it may still release gass over time, and keep some place cool - about 3 to 15 degrees C.
There are also some great recipes for fermented tomato sauce which I always find easier to make than the cooked sauce as it requires less attention and no need to can it with the pressure cooker. Also no heat needed, which is awesome when it's hot out.