It simmers for an hour with me smushing the tomatoes with a potato masher every 15 minutes. Between smushings, I found other things to do:
1. Liquified Tomatoes
I chopped up the remaining ripe tomatoes on my kitchen counter, filled the blender and pushed liquify.
I added more tomatoes and pushed liquify again.
100% tomato juice, skins included.
I poured this into a quart freezer bag.
I keep bags of frozen liquidfied tomatoes in the freezer for chili during the winter.
2. Made Basil Cubes
I coarsely chopped the remaining basil leaves I had harvested Saturday morning and packed them into an ice cube tray.
I poured some olive oil into each cube.
I made sure the basil was down in the olive oil with a wooden spoon handle.
Then, I put the ice cube tray in the freezer.
After they froze, I popped the cubes out and put them into a freezer bag. When I make soups, I can just grab a cube for every tablespoon of chopped basil in the recipe. The olive oil will start to thaw as soon as you touch it when you grab a cube.
3. Checked Soaker Hoses
It has been hot and dry lately at Garden on Sherlock Street. I ran water to the soaker hoses in the garden Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening. You can hook soaker hoses together to cover a large area as long as you aren't trying to run the water uphill. We have 11 soaker hose hook ups in our garden. I set a timer and check on the progress every hour or so with a long metal rod. I push it into the soil to see if the water has soaked down enough. When I'm satisfied that a bed has enough water, I move the hose from the faucet to another hook up.
This was the first time we needed the soaker hoses this year. I usually have to use them sooner than this. One of the soaker hoses had a blow out (they're made from recycled tires so I thought that was an appropriate term.) I think we step on that hose when we go to the front water faucet and it slit in one spot. In general, the soaker hoses are pretty durable. I leave them out year 'round. They're even more efficient at delivering the water when they have mulch over them.
4. Photographed Geraniums
I spotted the container with red geraniums that I moved out onto the straw earlier this summer for more sun. It is looking good.
Those are just a few of the things I did while the tomato sauce was simmering.
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