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I was sort of worried they would stay green forever, but my tomatoes are finally turning! It's only a few of them, and they are still far from red, but I'm excited nonetheless. Now, what am I going to do with dozens of tomatoes?? I considered trying to can a bunch of sauce, but then realized two things: (1) I don't really know how to make tomato sauce, and (2) I'm scared of botulism. So, I'm going to try making sun dried tomatoes instead (why not, since I love them on everything....) Now I just have to decide whether I'm going to get ambitious and make them outside (very romantic, but probably a pain in the butt and a bad idea when there are 3 dogs running around our backyard), make them in the oven, or make them in my parents dehydrator....

Website I'm liking: Heavy Petal "Gardening from a west coast, urban perspective" (including their adorable, free seed planning chart!)

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sebasquiat said...

I used to be terrified - TERRIFIED - of botulism, to the point that after I made pickles *that I had no intention of even eating because the idea of eating them freaked me out so much*, I woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely convinced that I had gotten sick from them. That kind of terrified. The ridiculous kind. But I mentioned it to a professor of mine, who gave me the best reassurance with this: she said, "In all of my experience with canning, and knowing of all my friends' experiences, of which there are many decades' worth, I have never heard of a single instance of botulism. Jars will explode - they explode all the time - but you will almost certainly never get sick from botulism." Which I hope you find as useful as I do. When you hear statistics, it's easy to hear big numbers. An *entire* family falls ill and it seems inevitable. But that's four people. Out of tens or hundreds of thousands. It's unfortunate, for sure, but it's also a rare occurrence. Anyway, dry away, but don't let the threat of botulism deter other endeavors. :)

Catherine said...

I've heard of sun-drying tomatoes in the back dashboard of a car, and this slideshow has 25 recipes (I'll be making the tarte tatin, myself). :)

A friend of mine just blogged about her first time canning peach jam here.

Good luck!