Summer Dry Farmed Tomato Ketchup

Summer is quickly coming to an end but in Santa Cruz it’s the time of year when the dry farmed tomatoes are at their best.  It was this time last year that I my good friend shared a recipe for Pasta Pomodoro with dry farmed tomatoes.  This year we’re going back to canning, and canning a pantry staple… Ketchup.

I didn’t even know that I liked ketchup until a week ago when I had the privilege of judging the condiments competition for the Eat Real Festival in Oakland*.  I tasted the most amazing ketchup and decided that I needed to give this condiment a try.  I’m so glad I did!  You’ll want to make enough of this to last you for the year because you won’t be able to go back to store bought ketchup after you make your own.

*The Eat Real Festival is coming up on September 21st-23rd at Jack London Square in Oakland.  It’s a weekend of great food and fun!

This recipe yields 3 half pints plus a little extra for the fridge.

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Summer Tomato Soup

Summer Tomatoes

August is now behind us on the central coast and the good tomatoes have finally made their way into the market… in abundance!  Cherry, brandywine, cherokees, romas, green zebras, and the outstanding candy like dry farmed early girls were practically jumping out of their baskets and flats begging to come with me today at market.  However, I had one variety in mind because tonight I’m making my favorite tomato soup.  The lucky winners? A combination of cherokee purples and dry farmed early girls.  They’re my favorite variety for soup because they have a wonderful flavor and a great color. Continue reading