We had a frost warning last week, so I picked all the tomatoes that were showing any color. I gave a big bag of them to a son, and put the rest of them on the windowsill, in baskets and bowls, wherever I could find room. Today I am faced with having to do something with them, as they have all ripened at once. It looks as though I have just the perfect amount to make a batch of chili sauce, so I picked a few peppers to go with them. I haven't tried this recipe, but I have all the ingredients it calls for, so it's the one I'm going to use. *Note: I did make this, and it was excellent. I use it over meatloaf, meatballs (especially in the crockpot), heated with hamburger patties and as part of the sauce for Swiss steak.
SWEET CHILI SAUCE
Makes about 6 pints
* 2 cups sweet green peppers, chopped
* 2 cups chopped onions
* 24 large tomatoes (4 quarts peeled, cored, chopped)
* 1 tsp. ground allspice
* 1 tbls. salt
* 1 1/4 cup vinegar
* 1 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 tbls. celery seed
* 1 tsp. ground ginger
* 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
* 1 tsp. ground cloves
Combine and add all ingredients to a heavy sauce pan or cast iron skillet. Bring to a boil and simmer 1 to 2 hours or till desired thickness has been reached. Stir often to prevent sticking. Pack hot jars with hot prepared tomato mixture leaving 1/2-inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim and screw threads and adjust lids and screw bands.
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* 1/2 Pints 15 minutes
* Pints 15 minutes
After processing, remove jars immediately, place on a rack to cool.
Test for Seal.
Of course we didn't get a frost after all, so the garden just keeps on growing and producing.
The newly planted spinach, lettuce and carrots are growing, and we've already had a salad of baby spinach with hot bacon dressing. Delicious!
The bush beans have to be picked daily.
I don't think there's time for the pole beans, but they are showing a few blossoms. If we can go another 2-3 weeks without a freeze, maybe.
The Red Sails lettuce hasn't done well for me. It stays small and only provides us with a few outer leaves for the rabbit. The carrots were planted very late, but I've actually pulled a few of edible size this week.
The old yellow crookneck went to the compost pile just in time, as the new plant is beginning to bear now. It is showing some powdery mildew, so I guess that is unavoidable this time of the year.
My poor clematis was annihilated by the puppies this spring. I dug the few roots that I could find and moved one to the blue pot and the others along the small garden fence. I really didn't think any would survive, but the one in the pot is showing some life!