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Posted on 02 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Preserving Your Tomato Harvest

By Michael Nolan

First, a quick note about the photo: Don’t try it.

It is a joke. Seriously.

Just don’t.

With so much time and energy devoted to selecting, planting and growing your lovely tomato plants, it is easy to let the harvest sneak up on you before you’ve had the chance to make plans.

The first response I expect to be flashing in your minds is “what the heck do I need plans for? I’m going to eat them!” Touché, my friends. Touché.

But if you are growing more than one or two tomato plants, you will likely have Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 22 February 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Botulism Real Threat in Canning Tomatoes

Canning TomatoesBy Michelle Fabio

In a sad reminder to tomato canners everywhere, 14 people were recently admitted to a Russian hospital, one of whom later died, because of an outbreak of botulism; the source was found to be homemade canned tomatoes consumed at a family gathering.

Botulism is an illness caused by the toxin “botulin” produced by Clostridium botulinum. As this toxin is one of the most powerful, for humans even one microgram can be lethal.

While botulism is a rather rare illness–there are usually fewer than 30 food-borne cases of botulism per year in the United States–and particularly in a food with high acidity like tomatoes, it can be deadly.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent botulism from affecting you and your family.

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Posted on 13 October 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Casual Answers Reader\’s Question: Storing Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oil

Tomato Casual Answers Reader's Question

By Michelle Fabio

A lucky reader has scored some sun-dried tomatoes and stored them in a jar with olive oil–now she’s wondering how to best vacuum seal the jar.

For starters, if you’re jarring only in olive oil, just be sure to pack the tomatoes in as tightly as possible leaving some headspace at the top for expansion, cover the tomatoes completely in oil, and then seal tightly. Store jars in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

If you’re adding garlic and basil like my southern Italian mother-in-law does, follow the same process but then store in the refrigerator to guard against botulism.
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Posted on 04 September 2007 by tomatocasual.com

How to Save the Tomato Seeds from Your Favorite Tomatoes

How to Save the Tomato Seeds from Your Favorite Tomatoes - TomatoCasual.comBy Amelia Tucker

With the season drawing to a close, you should know which plants grew the best this year.

Why not save those seeds and get a jump start on next year’s gardening?

It is easy to do and you will be saving the seeds from the plants that grew best in your particular area, ensuring a better harvest every time.

Here is what you do:

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Posted on 03 September 2007 by tomatocasual.com

The Definitive Guide to Canning Tomatoes (for Those Afraid of Poisoning Themselves)

Ultimate Guide to Canning Tomatoes (for Those Afraid of Poisoning Themselves)By Tomato Queen

I’ll admit that eying the stacks of gleaming tomato jars in my cabinet has brought almost as much satisfaction over the long, bleak months of winter as eating them in a delicious sauce or stew.

Canning (really, jarring) preserves the texture and flavors of tomatoes like nothing else, and is an affordable way to eat organic and/or heirloom tomatoes year-round.

But make no mistake: canning definitely takes time and equipment.

Those who haven’t canned find it daunting, but have no fear; following a few basic essentials–sterility, acidity, heat–will ensure safe and delicious tomatoes for 1-2 years.

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Posted on 28 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Swapping Seeds – Part 2

How to Save the Tomato Seeds from Your Favorite Tomatoes - TomatoCasual.comBy Tomato Queen

[This is part 2 of two-part article series. View part 1]

Local garden exchanges are a great opportunity to find random treasures that are someone else’s nuisance, as well as to find homes for plants that need thinning out and taking over.

But what about being able to plan for next year’s garden?

When you’re enjoying your harvest, keep a mind toward preserving this year’s favorite seeds for yourself and also to exchange with others.

Seed exchanges are what you call win-win–you can request seeds you want, send out your favorites, and also find an appreciative gardener who can make good use of the seeds from plants you didn’t enjoy that much.

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