Where in the world is Sew.Knit.Create?
Have any of you been wondering what happened? I know, I know…I just dropped off the face of the earth! Well I’m back! What have I been up too? I’ve been moving oh, for the 100th time in my life, not really but it seriously feels that way! Actually it really is the 20th time that I’ve moved in my life and the 3rd time in one year that I have packed boxes, loaded boxes, unloaded boxes, and set up house. Unlike the last move I actually had to pack everything myself but had a wealth of knowledge that I learned from the packers during our last move. I might work up a top 10 moving tips soon. Now, after three weeks of being in our new place I have finally gotten to a point where I feel that I can sit down and actually write up a post. My topic? Food! The post has been in queue for several months now but here it is.
Do you remember the farmer’s market that I told you about several months ago? You know, the one where I got berries for like 50 cents a pint and a tray of tomatoes for a dollar?
Well here is what I made with all those tomatoes! This sauce is seriously the most amazing spaghetti sauce that you have ever tasted! My friend and I had so much fun making it–ok, so we got a little carried away with making the sauce.
So this is basically how it goes. Find a cheap source of tomatoes and decide on a whim “let’s make spaghetti sauce!” You will also need onions, garlic (about sixteen cloves per jar), basil, other herbs, sugar, salt, and citric acid.
You will also need to purchase suspicious amounts of quart jars. Seriously, every time we went to the store we got some interesting looks! Doesn’t anyone can food anymore or do you just use them for Pinterest projects? Oh, and you might want to check with your neighbors to see if they are OK with the ENTIRE neighborhood smelling like an Italian cookery (i.e. garlic)! Also stock up on spaghetti noodles and parmesan cheese because after each canning session you WILL want to eat spaghetti! Then you will also want cheesecake and coffee to finish off your meal.
Finally after approximately 320 pounds of tomatoes, three sundays, and 17 hours later we have over 36 quarts of it of homemade spaghetti sauce! Mmmmmmmm! Note this all happened before our move!
If you want to make your own homemade spaghetti sauce here is our recipe. Beware though it takes ALL day to make! However, if you would learn from us, by our third round of canning we had discovered some ways to eliminate some steps. You see at first we were browning the garlic and onion, chopping the tomatoes then boiling them, then adding herbs, adding seasonings, pureeing the mixture, then simmering for a half-hour before processing in the canner for 35 minutes. You can see why this process took all day!
Then we moved into the 21st century and discovered the pressure cooker! All we did was blanch the tomatoes to remove the skin. Brown the garlic and onion in olive oil and throw everything tomatoes and herbs in the pressure cooker for 10 minutes. In the meantime we sterilized our jars and added the citric acid in the bottom of each quart. By the time we had completed this the sauce was ready to season and be ladled into the quarts. So from start to finish the 21st century way only took a little over an hour!