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Meow Tomatoes and other Vegetables

July 26th, 2015 at 07:46 pm

No, I haven't found a new hybrid of comes from that mixed blessing auto-correct.

My friend has a garden and DH has a garden. Her tomatoes aren't doing very well due to her gardening flooding in June, but she has been sharing green beans with us. So, we've been sharing tomatoes and bell peppers with her. I emailed her the other day to ask if she needed some more tomatoes, but auto-correct changed it to meow tomatoes so that has been the joke around here lately.

Speaking of produce, I've canned 2 quarts and 1 pint of tomato juice and 2 quarts of tomatoes. A friend gave us some sweet corn and I canned it and have 2 quarts. My before mentioned friend gave us some green beans and I canned 3 pints of them in addition to having some for the table.

There's a small town near us called Arthur that is well known for having many Amish residents. There is a bulk food store called Beachy's. We go there and purchase sausage patties, spices, and when needed different types of flour. They had a container of small cucumbers that looked ideal for pickles. Mind you, I've never made pickles, but the cost of the cucumbers was 75 cents and I had salt, vinegar and sugar at home as well as mustard and celery seed. I found a recipe in all recipes for sweet pickles, followed it and wound up with almost a quart in the fridge and 3 pints canned of sweet pickles. I'm a little bit proud of myself for this because I've never made them before. My mom, when I asked her to let me help or show me how to can, told me I was too stupid to do it. I taught myself to can last summer with tomatoes, applesauce, and green beans. So, I'm venturing out.

Another friend gifted us with a large yellow squash and zucchini. I sliced and roasted the squash with some onions and extra virgin olive oil. I made zucchini patties out of the large zucchini. The recipe is simple -- grate the zucchini, grate a small onion and piece of bell pepper with it. Add an egg and bread crumbs to make patties and saute in hot oil, browning both sides. I added a little cumin and tumeric to the patties while I was mixing it, but I'm sure you can add whatever you want. DH loves them and I hadn't made them in quite awhile and he asked for them again tonight. Good thing that was a large zucchini!

With all the garden stuff, our grocery bill was pretty reasonable -- less than $50 which is pretty low since we eat a lot of meals at home.

5 Responses to “Meow Tomatoes and other Vegetables”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It's amazing how hurtful parents can be with their words. I'm glad you didn't let her words make you not want to try canning!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    One of the few things I miss about work is not getting gifts from my co-worker's garden! Sounds like you made great use of yours.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    I would love to be your neighbor! We planted 4 tomato plants gifted to us by a friend (grown from seeds). One of them is being decimated by a couple of bucks roaming our property to get to the neighbor's yard for crab apples and pears. The other ones have some tomatoes but I'm not sure if the deer will get to them before we do! Frown

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry NJDebbie about your tomato plants being eaten by the bucks.

  5. Dona Gilbert Says:

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