June 15th to June 21st
Our tomato plants have been producing a nice amount of tomatoes and it is time to bring in the harvest and process it for saving. I decided to make a tomato soup this go around, and wanted to have a nice hearty garden style soup to add to our cupboard.
To make this soup, I cut each tomato in half lengthwise and squeezed the seeds and juices into a separate bowl before tossing the rest of the tomato (skin and all) into a big pot already full of sauteing onions. As I worked on seeding the tomatoes, I also watch the stewing pot, and removed the skins from the pot as they started to slip of the tomato halves. The skins want to float and came up to the surface as I stirred.
Once I had enough volume of seeds and juices, I poured this through a strainer and into my pot of stewing tomatoes. You have to work it a little bit to get all the juice out from around the seeds, but it is well worth it to get all the tasty goodness that is in that tomato juice.
I really wanted a sweet and hearty soup, so I let this stew and simmer for several hours, then seasoned it with some salt and pepper before putting it into the canner. The final product was absolutely delicious and I will really enjoy the wonderful sweetness of tomatoes when I open a can of this soup this winter!
‘Member the Stink Bugs?
Yes, our Stink bug population is still going strong. I found these guys among the cucumbers this week. Unfortunately, for them, there was a horrible accident and none of them survived. I dropped this whole leaf in a glass of water and was not able to retrieve it for at least an hour. I am afraid that these baby stink bugs had not yet learned how to swim. They will (not) be missed.
Garden in Full Bloom
We had a lovely day of rain this week and the garden is in full bloom. I thought you might enjoy these images of flowers from around the place.