Monday, January 24, 2011

The week is off to an excellent start.

Unusually for a Monday, we all got up on time and in relatively good moods; I made homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast; I just packed up two Amazon sales from the weekend (one I'm really happy about) and I'm about to pack up two nice decal orders. It's above zero outside. I don't have to go anywhere today. I just finished up a pay period of work in which I think I set a personal production record since starting with Webmedx 5 years ago, and have a fresh start on a new pay period. (Just realized that most of what I'm thinking about this morning is food and money. So what else is new?)

Oh, and yesterday I realized that the Acme Juicerator my parents gave to me (or gave back to me, actually, as I had originally given it to THEM) will work this summer to process tomatoes. I had never even thought of it as a possibility. But I tested it last night with some of last year's tomatoes that had been in the freezer and it very quickly pulled all the seeds and skins out and left me with a nice, un-seedy, smooth sauce or juice that tasted wonderful. So I can stop trying to find a tomato strainer/squeezer. Of course if I find a good deal on one, I'd still like to have one, but I can easily make tomato sauce with just the Juicerator. My goal is to put up 300 quarts* of tomatoes this summer (not all sauce, but mostly). So that's another good thing to know to start the week. (Note: Also about food and money.)

* This is a really unrealistic goal, to be honest. Not only do I not have anywhere near 300 quart canning jars, I don't even have a place to put them if I did.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having a GREAT and productive Monday. Hope your whole day is just as wonderful as the morning has been.

Cheers to you,


Carol Reese said...

Would you actually use 300 quarts of tomatoes in a year? There was a time I might have, when I had 5 kids at home and we ate a lot of spaghetti and lasagna and chili and I made the sauce for the first two entirely from scratch. (I use McCormick's Chili Seasoning for that.) Maybe you need to revise that goal down slightly to what you know you'll actually use.

Maria Stahl said...

Carol, it wouldn't need to be revised down by much. We eat our weight in tomatoes. :)

Mrs. Mac said...

I'd be happy with 100 quarts of tomato products. I have a Champion juicer .. and you just gave me a brilliant idea about running the tomatoes through it this coming year as it will extract skin and seeds extremely well .. thanks!