I use to have a 120′ x 40′ main garden (the pumpkin patch was 40′ x 80′) and I grew a lot of tomatoes. Some plants had cherry tomatoes for nibbling and salads, others were for eating and slicing and the main crop were my roma tomatoes that I canned, made into soup, and even made Bloody Mary’s. This was a great project for Gene as he experimented with many ingredients.
Gene's Original Bloody Marys
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 small bottle Tabasco
- 4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. Mr. and Mrs. T Krazy salt
- 2 tsp. celery salt
- 7 tsp. salt
- 56 dashes of bitters
- 28 cups of tomatoes juice (about 1/2 bushel of tomatoes)
Wash and quarter the tomatoes. I use Kitchen Gadgets – Victorio Strainer to process the tomatoes. Combine all of the ingredients in a big pot and heat.
Comment: There is a lot of salt and bitters in this recipe. Use this recipe as a guideline and season to your own taste. I know I do not like anything too salty any more.
Canning Gene’s Bloody Mary’s:
Pack into hot mason jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Adjust lids and allow steam to escape for 5 minutes. Process pints and quarts at 15 pounds pressure for 0 minutes.
Makes 14 pints
I grew a lot of vegetables from seed in my garden shed and basement. I always had a hard time parting with any seedling so most of them got planted. If you are a gardener you know how hard it is to throw away something that you have grown – not always practical but always a lot of fun and work!
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju
A niece with my tomato plants.