“I would really like to make ketchup with you guys.”
While relaxing at the cottage this summer, that’s what our friend Carina posed to Cari and I. At that point, we had hoped that the bounty of our garden would at least provide some of the tomatoes that went into the ketchup, but since our garden proved a bit of a bust this year that didn’t happen. Not to mention the fact that to yield seven pints of ketchup, we had to start with 24 lbs of tomatoes.
24 lbs! To put it in perspective, that’s about how much an 18-month-old would weigh (yes, we’re parents and have to make those kinds of comparisons). Thankfully we live in an Italian neighbourhood, and many of the local vegetable markets sell bushels of tomatoes. We were actually able to get approximately 50 lbs for $18. Not bad! We went on to use the leftover tomatoes to make oven-roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato soup.