When the produce is there there is no option but to do what needs to be done so that you have it for everything you want to make or eat for the rest of the year.
Although we are not dependent on these stores it just makes sense to us to keep the supplies built up, as we live in a small country town, services are very limited and what we have available is rather expensive to purchase.
So, as our tomato crop was such a failure this year we decided to make a trip to the Narromine Tomato Farm and purchase 50 kgs( about 110) lbs of tomatoes (cookers or seconds)
For about 30kgs of the tomatoes, we simply quarter and remove cores or any spots and squash firmly into the jars until no spaces are there( we do not skin these).
I decided that the tomatoes I was using for this needed to be peeled, so I dipped them quickly in a pot of boiling water and then popped them into iced water in the sink and te peels just easily slip off.
We ended up with a good supply of tomato products that will see us right through the year hopefully. We are big tomato eaters and I use them frequently in meals I make.
My Mum had told me that the pints of canned soups that I do for her are really now too large as she is getting older and no longer requires large amounts of food, so she requested that I make her some in smaller jars to reduce waste or the risk of her leaving left overs too long in the refrigerator.
The zuchini,onion mix is then drained and rinsed and packed into preserving jars and the hot liquid poured over,