Canning Your Abundance

It's tomato season, and the San Marzanos, pink cherry tomatoes, green Big Boys, and Black Krims are coming in faster than we can eat them. That's a great problem to have! Our answer to a bountiful harvest is to can the produce, and our organic technique lasts a full year. Here's our easy how-to guide: Supplies needed: - wide-mouth mason jars, preferably quart-size - wide-mouth jar bands and lids - boiling water canner (see below) - slotted spoon and paring knife - grips to lower the jars into the water canner and remove them - tomatoes, lemon juice, and basil 1. Sanitize the jars and jar bands in the dishwasher and allow to dry completely. Wash the tomatoes and check for bad spots, removing

Easiest Tomato Dish

Organic San Marzano tomatoes are officially here at Ike & Eli's, which means summer is in full force in Texas! Now that we have a plethora of tomatoes in different varieties, it's time to get creative. Here's the simple dish I made for dinner last night: This dish has very limited ingredients. As follows: 5 Roma tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise 2 tsp herbs de Provence 1/3 cup basil, chopped or chiffonade 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling the tomatoes 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 lb capellini (angel hair) pasta Salt and red pepper flakes to your liking Preheat your oven to 375 while you put a pot of water on the stove to boil. Place the halved tomatoes in a baking dish and drizzle wit

Climate - On Your Own Accord

Recently the president made a controversial move to remove the U.S. from a climate treaty with Europe, which has a lot of people very concerned for the well-being of the planet. While I won't delve into the world of politics, I am happy to offer some positive insight on our roles in the health of our environment. We are able to affect our environment in a positive way, simply by making great choices daily! Isn't that a happy thought?! We control what we can through our votes, but we don't have to wait for legislation or regulations to start making an impact here at home. Some things you can do to get started: Make a safe haven for bees by either constructing a bee house out of recycled mater

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