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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #360 on: June 24, 2010, 10:29:44 PM »
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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #361 on: June 28, 2010, 08:16:00 PM »
Quick update:

It is beginning to rain Romas here - I picked these yesterday and had some sauce made before i went to bed. 



Looks like the birdhouse gourds are finally pollinating-



And I discovered a Brandywine Mr Tomatohead lurking in one of the plants.  Nice proboscis for a tomato......


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #362 on: June 30, 2010, 05:34:42 PM »
I'm really impressed with those romas. 

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #363 on: June 30, 2010, 09:00:10 PM »
I'm really impressed with those romas. 

It's raining romas here right now.  It won't last all summer but i counted that I've picked almost 120 already, mainly in the last week :)




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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #364 on: June 30, 2010, 09:04:19 PM »
The tomato cavern




and the Tommie Toe heirloom cherry tomato bushasaurus standing 7+ feet tall and 4 feet wide.  LOL, this is one frickin plant and it isn't July yet. 



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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #365 on: July 01, 2010, 06:55:31 AM »
That is awesome Cohutt! I am so jealous  :o  Curious, how much of your garden is being watered by your raincatch system and how much by city water? Or did you use Brawndo?  Those things are huge!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #366 on: July 01, 2010, 05:12:06 PM »
lol WTF is that.....

I've been mostly using my barrels for the whole deal but something happened in the last couple of days that drained the frickin system.  either dummy here left a hose open by accident or the system has developed a leak I haven't seen.  I think it was the first- i've been busy and worked til dark Monday and Tuesday and must have missed the fact that I left the valve open monday morning. 
Kicking myself and hope that is the issue.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #367 on: July 01, 2010, 07:32:53 PM »
I might suggest that more attention needs to.................................................. ;D

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #368 on: July 02, 2010, 11:49:59 AM »
yeah yeah i know. 

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When do you guys harvest bell peppers?  Never grown them before.....


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(note the supervisor sitting down while the laborer toils)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #369 on: July 02, 2010, 02:55:04 PM »
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(note the supervisor sitting down while the laborer toils)


I see, I see.

Supervision requires rigorous thought, which is much enhanced by a comfortable point of view. Smart, IMO.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #370 on: July 03, 2010, 05:34:16 PM »
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(note the supervisor sitting down while the laborer toils)
As long as you know your place...
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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #371 on: July 03, 2010, 06:27:45 PM »



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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #372 on: July 04, 2010, 02:41:54 AM »
are you going to can, paste, salsa, or a little of each?

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #373 on: July 04, 2010, 06:05:32 AM »
All this is new to us and we are trying things as we go.

We plan to put up some sauce mostly, plus some experiments with fresh salsa as soon as my latest cilantro planting grows a few more inches.   
The newspaper lined bucket is Martino's Romas, which have a much better fresh flavor than the Roma VF.  These are what will be used in the "fresh" projects.

I've been counting and logging when I inspect the harvested tomatoes - this harvest was 165 total and it looks like we'll get that again before tomorrow evening.  I think I'll cook them down on the grill's side  burner otherwise my kitchen will hit 90 degrees.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #374 on: July 04, 2010, 07:15:55 PM »
The bottle or "birdhouse" gourds are starting to fix and grow all over the trellis and fence; none up the tower that I can see so far....... 

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #375 on: July 04, 2010, 09:23:00 PM »
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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #376 on: July 05, 2010, 06:37:03 PM »
lol WTF is that.....

I've been mostly using my barrels for the whole deal but something happened in the last couple of days that drained the frickin system.  either dummy here left a hose open by accident or the system has developed a leak I haven't seen.  I think it was the first- i've been busy and worked til dark Monday and Tuesday and must have missed the fact that I left the valve open monday morning. 
Kicking myself and hope that is the issue.

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I posted more Brawndo vids on the awesome video thread.  And yes it is real, but hard to find.
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=4781.msg207049#msg207049

Back on topic.

I have noticed a big difference between the plants I water with rain water vs the ones I watered with city water.  Have you noticed or do you not have anything to compare it to?

Those romas look awesome! I hope Mrs. Cohutt is up to making sauce.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #377 on: July 05, 2010, 07:21:19 PM »
Mrs cohutt?

I am the sauce maker. ;) 


I may be imagining it but yes the plants do seem to like the rainwater better.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #378 on: July 05, 2010, 07:23:04 PM »
I forgot your Mrs is just like mine. A specialist in supervision.  :D

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #379 on: July 05, 2010, 07:32:46 PM »
Actually I'm a much better cook that she is and she would tell you the same thing. 

I'm experimenting with a base sauce to put back and am doing it by "nose".  I Cuisinarted  the tomatoes, skin, seeds & all after halving and removing the white stem center.  Added A head of garden garlic, a cup fresh of oregano and sweet basil, salt & pepper.

Cooked down by about a third and I have a thick base sauce that's good on it's own. 

(No onion in this one.)



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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #380 on: July 05, 2010, 07:43:04 PM »
OMG!  That sounds delicious!  :o

I'm the cook here too. I don't think my wife has cooked since 2005.  LOL  :D   I just enjoy doing it. She does the dishes.  I hate doing those so, it works out good.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #381 on: July 06, 2010, 08:37:14 AM »
Weird.  I'm the non-dishwashing cook as well.  Is it a GA thing? :)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #382 on: July 06, 2010, 09:42:51 AM »
Nice haul Cohutt!  We've had one very tiny red 'mater so far!  :D - Hopefully if we don't get more hail before the end of the season we might get a few.

I thought I'd share a link to this little gadget http://www.amazon.com/Palmer-Wholesale-250-Victorio-Vegetable/dp/B001I7FP54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1278430502&sr=8-1 I love to use this for making tomato sauce - it makes it so easy.  I saw you said you use your Cuisanart and wondered how that did with the seeds. This is one of the best things I ever bought to process tomatoes and grapes.

So happy for you that all your hard work - blood sweat and tears - is paying off in yummy food. Keep up the photos - I love to see your garden.  Blessings TBM

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #383 on: July 06, 2010, 04:43:08 PM »
TBM,

I looked at tomato presses; the Williams Sonoma one was what I was considering based on price and reviews.  However,  I ended up passing.  Before I sprang for one, I wanted to see 1-if growing gobs of tomatoes was for me and 2. if i could stand to eat seeds and skins
After reading up on various sauce making methods and prep I decided that I wasn't going to worry about skin and seeds; I use the chopping blade in the Cuisinart and pulse the Roma halves a few times then run it wide open for a few seconds.

The difference in the flavor of the batches I did this way with skin & all vs 1 skinned batch was noticeable.  I really didn't notice the seeds either way; maybe it is the relatively low seed to pulp ratio of the Romas.   Or maybe I'm just ignernt and don't know better. :)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #384 on: July 06, 2010, 06:27:52 PM »
I bought the Williams Sonoma press. Just waiting for it to arrive and for the tomatoes to ripen!! I'll let you know how I like it.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #385 on: July 06, 2010, 06:36:31 PM »
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The difference in the flavor of the batches I did this way with skin & all vs 1 skinned batch was noticeable.  I really didn't notice the seeds either way; maybe it is the relatively low seed to pulp ratio of the Romas.   Or maybe I'm just ignernt and don't know better.  

Roma's do have a low seed/pulp ratio, but little juice...IMhO. You ain't ignert, dang.  ::)  

Ma is a seed/skin anti-. I'm a put it on da table and I a eat it type. She wastes a lot of 'mater IMhO. Skin 'n seeds processed like you mentioned is in erry can of commercial sauce we ever ate from da market out of a can or jar...most likely.

Lotta folk can't eat/digest seeded fodder for health reasons, which is fully understandable.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #386 on: July 06, 2010, 07:39:16 PM »
If you just want to get rid of the skins Cohutt, you can put them in boiling water for a few minutes and then immediately transfer them into ice water, then peel. Here are complete instructions.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #387 on: July 06, 2010, 07:49:07 PM »
I'm a peeler when it comes too big fat slicing tomatoes, but that's about it.

Jawja tell Ma that Mrs C gets the willies from just thinking about tomato skins BUT admitted that with yesterday's batch of sauce the long simmer took care of them to her satisfaction.  She declared this evening that the skins were what give the sauce "a burst" of tomato flavor like she hasn't ever tasted before.  Might have even said "explosion". ;)  ( I'm lucky it is easy to impress a woman who grew up eating out of a can heated up by a bad cook to boot.)

Ros,  I give them 1 minute in the boiling, tops.  You really don't even need the ice water althoug it helps if you are doing 100 or so at one.  Cool tap water works fine as does just letting them sit in the A/C for a minute.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #388 on: July 06, 2010, 08:39:34 PM »



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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #389 on: July 07, 2010, 03:38:03 PM »
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Jawja tell Ma that Mrs C gets the willies from just thinking about tomato skins BUT admitted that with yesterday's batch of sauce the long simmer took care of them to her satisfaction.


I told her. She jes  :D and said "she's smart too."