i've been up since five-thirty a.m ; canning since six. i've also tried something new and i've been oven drying the smaller tomatoes and freezing them. it's real easy and all you have to do is cut small tomatoes in half, place them skin side down and in a single layer on baking sheets and heat them in a 200 degree oven for hours. depending on how big they are a few hours to a full day. then i freeze them and put them in freezer bags in the freezer. i love them with goat cheese, olive oil and good black olives, on pizza and in pasta. lots of ways.
sometimes when i post about domestic stuff like this i feel like i give an incorrect impression or at least contribute to the crazy blog alternate reality where everyone has a purist idyllic life. not so. my dear blog readers, how i would love to have a drink with you sometime so we could talk real life.
but it is true that i've been working up to a "food life" that revolves around local and in season since i was a teenager. it started when i collected the "laurel's kitchen" cookbooks in my early 20s. i've been shopping off and on in food cooperatives and whole food stores all my adult life. i was a part time manager in one in my late 20s. i started the local farmers' market in my home town several years ago.
this year i feel a shift happening. my dedication to this cause has become quite solidly a part of who i am. i'm stocking my chest freezer with beef and lamb from a farmer friend, i'm preserving what i can veggie-wise in cans and in the freezer, i'm thinking about how i can minimize my grocery store shopping as much as possible.
but my life is as complicated as anyone's. i will modify this plan if i need to. i will not be a purist if it's not what is best, on balance, with the rest of my life.
anyway, that was a bit of a tangent. just what is on my mind this morning.
and now i need to get into the studio which is in a state of chaos and do some organizing so i can get a load of orders packaged and to the post office.