“Winter is coming”

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Over the past week I hauled home, sans vehicle, 16 28oz cans of Furmano’s tomatoes which means I now have a stash of 26. I take my tomatoes seriously. Besides, they’re on sale for $1. I used to buy the “Chunky Crushed” but somewhere along the way added ingredients included Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid and Xanthan Gum, and that’s a few too many additives for my pleasure. The “Crushed” variety, although thinner consistency 😢, merely has Citric Acid. Delicious Citric Acid! (I’m kind of kidding. Citric Acid is common and generally considered safe.) While I’m on it, “Diced” contain Calcium Chloride and Citric Acid but I rinse those before using. I stopped buying ready-made, jarred pasta sauces (too much salt & sugar) long ago and canned became my go-to. Furmano’s is tasty and regularly drops to $1 a can, so I stick mainly with them.

I guess I should mention I’ve never canned my own tomatoes and have no interest in starting. The memories of my mother spending days in the kitchen in hot, steamy summers working that scary pressure cooker remain strong. She’d be in a pretty foul mood and the whole enterprise appeared messy and chaotic. Also, um, the results, served up in future family dinners? They were not good, at least to my child self.😒

In the past I’ve made my own sauce from fresh tomatoes (which could be frozen instead of canned) but I really can’t get behind the reality that it takes 20 tomatoes or therabouts, to produce a measly cup of sauce. I don’t care for them odds. Don’t get me started on having to buy tomato paste in order not to have thin, watery sauce…

Two winters ago I shared my tomato stash which looked like this. I have (more) time on my hands in winter to do things like arrange my tomato cans into a pyramid for the purposes of this blog clearly.😁

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If you think one thin, middle-aged woman could not eat all that, you’d be wrong, friends! (She did & then some.)

What led to this post other than the 16-can-purchase was finding the wood shelves they’re pictured on, curbside yesterday. I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them but since they were solidly built & real wood (not pressed board crap) I figured I should just grab them. They were a perfect fit for a spot in the kitchen and after I’d lined up the tomato cans and admired them the words “Winter is coming” sprang to mind. And so it is. But by god I’ll have 🍅.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on ““Winter is coming”

  1. Becky Ross Michael

    Great finds…the tomatoes AND the shelf! I also have memories of my mother canning, and she definitely wasn’t having a good time. I also remember the jars with various questionable content lined up on the basement shelves. Seems like there were some things that never got used.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Haha to “definitely not having a good time.”😊 and yes, my mother’s produce also sat in the basement across from my father’s tool bench, and it didn’t look yummy. I know canning has made something of a comeback but some of us will not be joining in the “fun”!

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      The cans themselves are so attractive to me but maybe it’s because I associate them with delicious foods? I also enjoy peeks into how people live (and eat) in part from plain curiosity but also to get ideas.

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  2. Pistachios

    Do you always do your groceries without a vehicle? I usually walk to the shops coz it’s so close, and then I buy too much and think “I should’ve driven this time…” It’s a decent workout though!
    Canned tomatoes are a staple pantry item for me too, along with canned/dried beans 🙂

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Oh my yes, I walk! No car. I consider hauling groceries “weight-bearing exercise” also.😉 There ARE times going uphill I think I bought a few canned goods too many. I’m with you on the dried beans too.

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        1. writerinsoul Post author

          No, it isn’t easy but it’s doable given my no -frills lifestyle… In my immediate area – within 2 miles – I mostly walk (or sometimes bike) mainly for added exercise. There are buses as well as a subway station about 2 miles away to access a much broader area.

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