Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes!

The hubby spent most of this past week in PA visiting and helping his elderly parents.  If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that my in-laws live near a Mennonite community in central PA.  At the end of  summer one of the local farmers sells his tomatoes by the box or bucketful for a very low price. Since we had so much rain this summer (31.19 inches to be exact), our own tomatoes didn’t do very well, so the good man brought home 2 boxes of huge tomatoes. He weighed them this morning to find out that these two boxes together weighed nearly 60 pounds.

003I was a little overwhelmed to say the least, but he promised he would help me to get them either canned or frozen.  And he kept his word!  After spending several hours in the kitchen today, this is what we have:

00421 quarts of canned tomatoes and 4 quarts ready for the freezer!  Oh, and that basket you see in the back? It is overflowing with yet another picking of hot chili peppers and jalapenos!  Guess we will be eating lots of chili, spaghetti, salsa, and tomato soup this winter!