Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Like A Good Neighbor . . . State Farm is There . . .

Like a Good Neighbor . . . State Farm is There!!!!

We're a State Farm family and have been since the 50's when my parents chose State Farm as their insurance.    When we married, we chose State Farm as well.    And when Daughter Sarah married, her father in law was a State Farm adjuster!     

Our State Farm agent is not just our agent but our friend as well.    We attend the same church and last Sunday after service, he asked if we'd like some tomatoes.

Thus, the story begins!

There with this grocery bag . . .

Like a good neighbor . . . a good neighbor is a green neighbor!

Which were full of tomatoes . . .

Full to the brim

At least 25 pounds of tomatoes . . .

Lots of varieties of tomatoes

Big. . . Small . . . Cherries . . . Yellows . . . and even green ones . . .

And what did I do with all of those tomatoes?

Sixteen jars of tomatoes.

I canned 16 quarts using the French canning method.     Sixteen quarts of summer goodness in a jar -- ready to be made into tomato sauce or soup.

And the "little guys" -- the cherries . . .

I decided to make jam --

Cherry tomato and cinnamon jam

Tomatoes, sugar, cinnamon sticks

For each two cups of tomatoes, you use one cup of sugar and a cinnamon stick.     You let them macerate for an hour, then put them in a pan and bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

Strain and put the syrup back into the pan and cook for another 5 minutes more or until thick.

All boiled down and ready to be jarred.

Then add the tomatoes and cook an additional 5 minutes.     I did add a pinch of cinnamon to the batch so that it would be more "cinnamony".

After that . . .
Good for morning toast but also as a condiment.

put them in a jar.   (And tuck the cinnamon stick in a jar.)     I made a double batch and got three jars plus a little extra.   I did a second batch and got three more jars.     Tomato jam will be our jam of choice for a while!

And what did I do with the green tomatoes?

Fry them, of course.     Dipped first in a mixture of buttermilk and egg and them dipped in a mixture of flour and corn meal.     Fry until nicely golden and serve with a buttermilk dressing (made up of buttermilk and mayonnaise, fresh basil and Green Goddess herbs).     Had the tomato jam been finished, a dollop on each one would have been perfect!

I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.   For what is more outdoor and summery than tomatoes!


Pondside said...

You lucky duck, Martha! What a windfall for you and you made such good use of it all - your friend must be very happy to have given you the tomatoes. I've never had tomato jam - can't quite imagine it. Fried Green Tomatoes - now that's something I've only ever heard of from the book. I'd like to try to make some!

Jim said...

Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rosemary said...

You have been very busy! You'll reap the rewards in the dead of winter!

La Table De Nana said...

You must have felt so rich :)
And your friend..well I hope he sees this..

I mentioned if you need help w/ translation..I can:)

On Crooked Creek said...

YuM!!! Tomates! The star of Summer gardening!

podso said...

Wowsie! What an amazing amount of work but what wonderful things in store for you with all the canning, jamming, etc you did!

Bernideen said...


Beth said...

Oh my, delicious, delicious, delicious! You are the best cook ever! Today I cut up two tomatoes, drizzled on olive oil, sprinkled on sea salt and let it rest a bit. Then I cooked some pasta, took one cup of pasta, added the tomatoes, and topped with parmesan cheese. That was my super-delicious lunch! Garden season is the best!!! (But I'd not complain a bit if it cooled off).

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Wow! What a bounty.

Bookie said...

I have never heard of tomato jam are full of new things for me!

The fried green tomatoes looks so good. I was tempted at the farmer's market this morning, but we must limit sugar and fats so I passed on the green ones. We have been on the road in Wichita for a week...too many sandwiches, cookies, chips and the wrong things for now....must get back to following the plan for a while.

My gosh, Martha, it is so hot today I feel my skin roast when I go to the mailbox! I have heard it said that the heat/drought will continue until October...I hope they are wrong!

Pam said...

What is the French Canning method? Would you explain more? Thank you ...

Martha said...

Pam -- I told about this method on my blog --
with this post:

It's far easier than any other canning method and I think that they taste far fresher than any other canning method.