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Of Beets and Tomatoes

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Yep, nothing really sexy being cooked. Just processing what we picked at Larriland.

This is what the beets looked like going into the oven.

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I am following a technique recommended in a Preserving Food book I picked up at Tractor Supply a while back.

Dry roasting.

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Out of the oven, and cooling, before being peeled. While they were cooling, I cooked a mix of cider and white vinegars, with a tablespoon of pickling spices, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of sugar, and a handful of onions and other veggies (some from the Harris Teeter olive bar).

All put into a clean hot Ball jar, right out of the dishwasher.

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This jar is in the fridge. Not processed in a hot water bath, and sealed. I want to try the recipe before I process and create a number of small jars with the remainder of the little beets we picked out of the ground.

I figure the rest of the beets will be cooked and canned Tuesday.

As for the tomatoes, I took a large amount of ripe ones and oven roasted them.

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Olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar. Roasted at 250 degrees for about an hour and a half.

Packed in a jar, and a small container, they are in the freezer. Once the bulk of the tomatoes get a little riper, there will be roasting, peeling, cooking and hot water processing for a tomato sauce. I think we will be ready for the winter with what we got last week.

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It looks like Tuesday and Wednesday there will be lots of cooking and canning going on around here.

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About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. Beets, tomatoes, peppers, celery and basil here. So close to the end of *having* to put things up I can taste it, but not close enough to kick back and just enjoy the fruits of my labors.

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