I did a guest post over at Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s blog about drying your own tomatoes. Darlene is the author of the award-winning WHEELS OF CHANGE middle-grade historical fiction novel. Go check out her blog and discover for yourself what a lovely and talented lady she is!Got Tomatoes? Try Drying Them to Enjoy All Winter Long.

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9 thoughts on “I did a guest post over at Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s blog about drying your own tomatoes. Darlene is the author of the award-winning WHEELS OF CHANGE middle-grade historical fiction novel. Go check out her blog and discover for yourself what a lovely and talented lady she is!Got Tomatoes? Try Drying Them to Enjoy All Winter Long.

  1. We usually grow about 6 cherry/grape tomato plants and 10 regular tomato plants (maybe more) to ensure we have enough to eat and lots of extra to dehydrate and can so we can have our own veggies in the winter. 🙂 You just need to grow more!

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  2. We usually just halve them; only if they are huge do we quarter them. 🙂 Depending on who’s home to help, we take turns cutting. If it’s just me and my younger son (which is the case in the fall when the university starts up for hubby and older son), I cut and he arranged them on the trays. Super Sweet 100s are hybrids that grow well and are nice and sweet for plain snacking or have in salads. Dehydrating them concentrates the sweetness too much for hubby. 🙂

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  3. That’s nice that you have a helper :-). Since moving back to Calgary, I’ve been buying these organic dried heirloom tomatoes. They are amazingly flavorful and quick to hydrate. I put them in meatballs tonight. Yum! How many hours a day do you usually spend preparing your summer and fall crops for storage?

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  4. It depends on the time of summer/fall and what veggies are coming on. It takes me about 1.5 hours to wash a couple of baskets of green beans, and then hubby takes another hour or two to freeze or can them (I spend 15-20 minutes washing all the equipment). Takes about 2 hours to wash and juice about 3-4 basketfuls of tomatoes, and then it takes about 4 hours to cook it down into a thicker sauce. Then canning the sauce take about 20-30 minutes including the sterilization of equipment. During peak harvest time, we do this every 3 days or so.

    Phew, I’m exhausted thinking about it! 😀

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