Friday, September 25, 2009

Tomatoes? Another recipe.

Are you still getting tomatoes and wondering what to do with them?  Are your neighbors hiding when they see you coming with a bag of, wait...that's zucchini! 
Here's a recipe for tomato soup that you can bottle and use in the winter when the tomatoes are only a memory.  Perhaps we can do a zucchini recipe another day.
Start with a half bushel of tomatoes.  I really can't tell you exactly how much that is.  I just estimate and tonight when I made this soup, I had a few more tomatoes than I needed. 

Prepare the tomatoes by pouring boiling water over them and removing the skin. Blend in a blender until smooth - OR - you can use this handy, dandy strainer to do it all for you and you don't have the seeds when you're done. (Just in case you're wondering, that's not my arm, I think mine is hairier!)  Andy helped me tonight! 

Chop 6 onions. (Here's another time saving device that's almost as good as having your husband help.)

3 large green peppers.

1 bunch of celery.   I don't have a picture of me chopping the celery.  I have to do that by hand because it's too stringy to use the great time saving tool! However, I have a good Cutco knife that's sharp and works great! 

Put all the vegetables in a large pan with a pint of water and steam until tender.  Put the tomato sauce in a different large pan and heat on the stove.

Make a white sauce using 1/2 pound of real butter, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 1 cup sugar and 3/4 tsp. pepper.  Stir together in a pan on the stove until bubbly.  Add 1 quart of the tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
Add the white sauce to the tomato sauce then add all the vegetables.  Simmer on the stove for 20 minutes.

Fill quart jars with the soup.  I got 12 quarts. Process in a water bath for 60 minutes or in a pressure canner at 10# pressure for 30 minutes.

While I'm posting this, I can hear the lids seal.  That's music to my ears, even though it doesn't have a good beat.
You can tell by this picture that there are not a lot of vegetables in this soup.  That's because I went overboard on the tomatoes.  However, it tastes SO GOOD! 
If you want to make this recipe and want to use all my handy-dandy time saving devices, (except Andy) you're welcome to them. 
Honest! You just have to come get them.
Here's the recipe:
1/2 bushel tomatoes - juiced.  (5-7 quarts)
1 bunch celery           3 large green peppers
6 large onions             1 pint water
Chop all vegetables.  Cook together with the water until tender.
Make a white sauce:
1/2 lb. butter              1 cup flour
1 cup sugar                1/4 cup salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
Stir until creamy.  Add 1 quart tomato juice to white sauce. Bring to a simmer.
Pour all ingredients together and cook 20 minutes.  Fill quart jars. Process in boiling bath for 60 minutes or pressure at 10# for 30 minutes.


Yvonne said...

Thanks for this--looks yummy.

Ann Marie said...

This looks really yummy.. I love tomato soup.. but I wonder ( since I have only been canning for 3 years now.. ) wouldn't the butter bring botulism (sp?) Do you know?

Camille said...

Oh you know C8 would love to bathe in that stuff! Sorry I wasn't there to help! At least I kept kids out of your way :)

Kristina P. said...


Nana said...

Oh my that sounds so Delish!!!!!!!
I am going to make it.

Are you sure about Andy?

Small House said...

YUM!!!! I'm thinking tomatoe soup and toasted cheese sandwich sounds good right now. It's lunch, and I'm sneaking this in at work. SHHHHH.
Have a good day.

Valerie said...

Can I come live with you? :)
Thanks for the tutorial! Looks yummy.

gigi said...

You are to smart lady, I aspire :)

Kazzy said...

Wow, looks yummy! You are such a happy homemaker. That skinner, seeder thingy (technical term) looks cool.

SLT said...

Hi! This is Sheri Taylor, I am Lincoln's mom. I love your blog! I hope you don't mind. I know that you knew Ken and June Taylor, my inlaws. When I see you grinding up your tomatoes it reminds me that Ken used to hook the juicer up to his electric drill. He would juice the tomatoes faster than we could cut them up for him. I really was fun times! You have an awesome family!

Sondra said...

I think it is wonderful that you can your own soup. I have been thinking about it alot lately... I want to can my own "Good Soup" then purchase what's out there. This makes me want to make some this weekend and just do it. Thanks for the tutorial... I love it!

Connie said...

Ann Marie,
You're probably thinking of bottling butter. It's a different process and is NOT safe to do! This has less than 2 T of butter per quart and it's processed so it's perfectly safe.

The Garden of Egan said...

That sorta looks very delicious and I may have to do that tomorrow except I didn't want to do anything tomorrow! Thanks for making me want to work....I think.

Kimmie said...

YAY!! I have been hoping you'd post this soon since I am SWIMMING in tomatoes and don't want them to go bad and I have been trying to figure out what to do with all of them!

I am really looking forward to tring this out! Looks absolutely delicious!!

Thanks for sharing such awesome things with us! I love them all!
Enjoy your weekend!