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Loaded Vegetable Marinara Sauce

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What to do with those tomatoes? Luckily there are tons of options! Salsa, tomato soup, just bottled tomatoes, and today we will tell you how to make your own delicious marinara sauce. This recipe is great because you can adjust it to what veggies you have ripe from your garden, or even to the veggies you like in marinara sauce. It takes quite a bit of tomatoes but not so much that you wont have enough to get this recipe made.

I was taught this recipe by my wonderful sister in law. Thanks, sis!

15 cups of prepared peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes

3 yellow onions, peeled and roughly chopped

3 large green peppers, roughly chopped

1 pound of mushrooms with steams

2 cups of shredded Zucchini or squash of your choice

4 stalks of Celery, roughly chopped

2 cups of shredded Carrots

5-6 cloves of garlic (about 2 Tablespoons)

2 teaspoons of dried oregano

2 teaspoons of dried Basil

2 teaspoons of dried Marjoram

2 Beef bullion cubes

1/2 cup of vinegar (white or red wine)

salt and pepper to taste

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil. Saute chopped Green Pepper, Onion, Celery and 1 tsp of salt until transparent. Add Garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Mix in Tomatoes, Squash, Carrots, Mushrooms, Vinegar, Beef Bullion and Salt and Pepper. (I start with 1 Tablespoon of Salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.)

Cook for 4-6 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. (I usually put in in the crock pot at this point and cook for 8 hours on low.) When the sauce has cooked, taste test it to see if you want more seasoning or salt and pepper. Once the sauce is to your liking, puree it until smooth, then cook it for 1 more hour. If you like it more chunky, then you could puree only part of it leaving some chunks. The longer it cooks down, the thicker it will get and the more store like consistency it will have.

Then follow bottling, or freezing instructions. This usually will yield about 3- 3 1/2 quarts.

Happy Gardening!

How to Store Produce

Onions in nylons, how to store onions, how to make onions last longer, ways to make your produce stay good longer, how do you make it so onions do not rot, how do you keep lettuce from wilting so fast, how do you store cut lettuce in the fridge, what is the best way to keep lettuce good, how do you keep potatoes from sprouting, how do you store potatoes, how do you store apples, what are some easy tips to keep my produce good?There are a few tips you can do to help some of your harvested fruits and veggies from going bad so fast. Of course this can be used for both purchased produce and produce you have grown yourself. You could for example buy enough onions to last through the fall winter and spring at the farmers market. Remember that it is best to store them in a low humidity environment and also a cooler spot in the house. I have a room that dose not have any heating run to it, and if the door is kept shut, it says very cool in there year round. It works for us for now, until I can have my root cellar.

  1. Store lettuce in a salad spinner in the fridge or with a paper towel in the bowl with it to absorb the moisture. That is the biggest reason the lettuce will go bad quickly is added moisture sitting on the leaves.
  2. After harvesting and curing your onions, try using old nylons or pantyhose and putting the onions in one by one with a knot in between to keep them from touching one another and then they will not go bad as fast. Also avoid storing them near potatoes as they make the potatoes spoil.
  3. Store potatoes with apples as the apples keep the potatoes from sprouting
  4. Try using the green bags for some of the other vegetables in the fridge as it helps to relieve the ethane gas emitted by the fruits and vegetables. They can even be used when freezing produce in the freezer.

I would love to hear any other interesting and great ways to help produce stay good longer, so please leave a comment by April 30th about the best way you have found to make your produce last a bit longer. The person with the best tip, I will send some Debbie Meyer GreenBags!

Happy Gardening!

How to Grow Garlic

Garlic, when to plant garlic, where to plant garlic, when to harvest garlic, where to store garlic, how to store garlic, Garlic is such a great thing to add to your garden because it is so easy to grow, and you should never have to buy garlic again! The one thing you should realize is: Garlic should be planted in the fall. I have talked to many people who have made the mistake of planting garlic in the spring with the rest of their garden, and not getting a harvest of garlic. If you have made this mistake, just leave it in the ground until next year, or even the fall. the bulbs will be small, but you can harvest them and then pull the biggest cloves off and replant them in the fall for a good harvest next year. For those just starting out growing garlic, here are a few simple steps:

  1. Choose– chose what variety you like and want to grow in your garden. You can order them from companies that grow lots of garlic, or you can pick some up from a local gardening center. You would be amazed at the amount of varieties you have to choose from.
  2. Plant– pull of the separate sections of the bulb Continue reading

Farmer’s Markets

Growing a vegetable garden for yourself is a very rewarding experience and gives you highly nutritious food for your family. However, growing every thing for yourself is not plausible. You might not have room for a large peach tree, or a good corn patch. During the late summer and fall months we like to frequent farmers markets to pick up great produce at a great price. It is also feels great to support local farmers and business’s. Here are a few of the things we picked up on our last visit.

When do you harvest?

Learning to harvest your fruit and vegetables from the garden is an important aspect of growing a garden.

All the different vegetables in the garden are ready at different times.  Even some in the same family such as squash plants are harvested at different times of maturity. Take winter squash and summer squash for example, you do not want zucchini to get full size because Continue reading