Yes, I am still here, sick of the heat. The good news is that tomorrow looks to be our last day of it in the near future. I don't generally trust in weather reports more than 3 days out, but I am hoping this one stays true... We aren't supposed to have a day over 80 in the 10 day forecast! Yay!
In other news, I canned 6 quarts of chopped tomatoes, but lost one (a brand new jar!!!) in the canner. I generally wouldn't be so sad about this, but it is the second jar lost this year... And we didn't end up with nearly as many tomatoes as I had hoped for. Oh well... Better luck next year!
Speaking of tomatoes... I have it set in my brain that I will never make tomato sauce again. Out of 12 quarts of juice, we got 4 quarts of sauce. And that was AFTER I cooked it up with onions and stuff... I would much rather only do chopped or whole tomatoes. It makes me feel like I get more gratification out of it. All that work, and only 4 quarts... Oy vay....
Chopped Tomatoes - 5 quarts
Pickles - 24 quarts (I need to count these... they are going fast...)
Tomato Sauce - 4 quarts
Barbecue Sauce - 5 pints, 1 half-pint
Jalapenos - 9 pints
Strawberry Jam - 9 pints (we are already down to 3... I should have made like, 25 pints)
Cherry Tomatoes - 1 gallon bag
Chopped Tomatoes - 2 - 1 gallon bags
Hot Peppers - 1 gallon bag
Kale and Chard - 8 - 1 gallon bags
Basil - 3 - 1 gallon bags