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Bring Out the Big Guns

August 28, 2012

Last Tuesday The Gardener declared that the tomato harvest was winding down.  On Thursday he announced that he was wrong while simultaneously delivering three large baskets to the kitchen.  Alrighty then.  The freezer is pretty much full, and a dozen or so jars of canned tomatoes grace the shelves.   And yet, the tomato harvest continues.  It’s time to bring out the big guns.  I know this blog focuses on simple, can-do solutions for an abundant harvest.  Ideally no special equipment is required.  Today we’ll make an exception.

Bring out the Squeezo.

Squeezo Strainer

This little beauty has been in the Harvest Manager’s toolbox for about 30 years, and it’s still humming right along.  (Although I notice last night it could use a new gasket.)

The Squeezo quickly and easily reduces 15 pounds of fresh tomatoes into a few jars (0r freezer containers) of rich, red sauce.  Simply wash, core, and quarter the tomatoes.  Drop them in a large pan and heat through.  I usually bring them to a boil.  Turn off the heat, and let them cool a bit.

Now, pour the tomatoes into the top funnel, turn the crank,  and collect the sauce in one pan and skins/seeds in another.  It’s really that simple.

Squeezo with tomatoes

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2012 6:30 am

    A blogger I like uses this method:
    https://savetheharvest.net/2011/08/24/easy-tomato-paste-trust-me/
    🙂

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 29, 2012 7:54 am

      Can’t deny that’s a great method – I just didn’t feel like heating up the oven….

  2. Anonymous permalink
    August 31, 2012 3:07 pm

    I’ll be right over to take some off your hands! Our crop failed miserably this year. 😦

    • August 31, 2012 3:20 pm

      Blight and drought have caused problems everywhere. The Gardener always assumes next year will be better. Hang in there.

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