Saturday 29 August 2015
A Red Day
A bit of a red letter day as well but that is for my craft blog,
red day is Tomato Ketchup making day
All the ingredients laid out read to use, 11lb of tomatoes washed and chopped, 2 onions chopped, 5 cloves of garlic minced, 1 pint of cider vinegar, 4tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1tsp cayenne pepper, 8oz sugar,
My granddaughter was there to learn and got stuck into helping with the preparations
there is always something new for helpers to learn, she put together a bouquet garni of bay leaves cloves and pepper corns
all tied up ready to go into the pan
All the ingredients together in the pan needed stirring
brought to the boil and simmered for 30 mins
I am using the Kilner twist top bottles for the ketchup
once it had simmered it was time to put it through the Moulin or pressed through a sieve to get rid of the skins and pips
back into the saucepan brought back to the boil and simmered to reduce down and thicken, I reduced it down to 5 pints it took about 30 mins, the bottle lids were popped into a jug of boiling water and the bottles into the bottom of the oven to sterilise
Stand the hot bottles on a tea towel and fill with the sauce, pop on the lids, the sauce thickens as it cools, they were then popped into a hot water bath for 20 mins sorry didn't get a photo of that bit as the battery went on the camera.
Being processed means they will keep for 2 years unopened, if you don't process 6 months in the fridge, if you are not going to process reduce the quantity you are making unless you use a lot of ketchup. My granddaughter enjoyed making the ketchup and 11 bottles for about £2 is very cost effective, she is taking a bottle home.
They had the apple fruit leathers after lunch and really enjoyed them that much granddaughter now wants a dehydrator for Christmas to make her own, she has just turned 16 and is learning valuable lessons, she shops for her own food and prepares her own meals at home with the support of her parents in a couple of weeks she is off to collage in London. Its great knowing she can look after herself and is growing up with skills that will set her in good stead for the future.
Grandson has been doing his bit as well will post on that tomorrow :-)