Tips For Canning Tomatoes

Tips for Canning Tomatoes

Amanda and I canned two varieties of tomatoes from our small garden for the first time. Someone stole them all last year and we didn't get many the year before): Ten Fingers of Naples, a variety similar to San Marzano Black Vernissage, small red and green striped tomato with a rich flavor We also canned some beautiful heirlooms from our Peace and Carrots Farm CSA. This was our first time canning tomatoes and here is what we learned: Tomatoes can be canned via the water bath method as long as…

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Using Garlic Scapes

Using Garlic Scapes

If you planted your garlic late last fall before the first frost, you are probably ready to harvest the scapes--the twisty little pointy part growing on the stalk from the middle of the leaves. Scapes are the flower stalks of the garlic plant, though garlic doesn't produce actual flowers.  We cut them off early in the season so that the plan uses its energy in growing large bulbs instead. Also, earlier cuts have milder flavors. The flavor of the scapes get stronger and more harsh the longer they grow.  Instead…

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