(notes from my personal journal: December 12, 2011)
It is the tail end of tomato season and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to preserve a bunch for the year. I was thinking of asking my regular veggie lady to go to market and get me a bunch. Instead, a woman came to my house and I bought a bucketful from her.
She barely spoke English so, through Watchman Paul, I communicated that I would like 2 more buckets full if she could come back later today or the next day. She was happy to remove the headpan and show the large amount of tomatoes she had in the basin below. Imagine that it was just a little more than 2 buckets worth. Now I had 16 cedis worth of tomatoes and had to make a plan to deal with them. Most of them were in good shape so I just washed them. The ones that were mushy, I ground up right away and cooked them well. I had already borrowed a pressure canner to take care of the pumpkin puree that I have so I just changed my plan from pumpkin to tomatoes. I made the ground tomatoes into pizza sauce. It will be a nice change since I usually forget about the sauce until the last minute and just use tomato paste. The next day I diced up the remaining tomatoes and canned them. I now have about 12-15 cups of pizza sauce and 6 quarts of diced tomatoes. I have a lot of tomato juice and about 10 tomatoes that are left. It was worth the work!