Archive for January, 2018

Last year I preserved my tomatoes by baking them but this year it is way too hot to have the oven on. I wanted a method I didn’t have to stay in attendance with and that wouldn’t heat up the house! The solution was to rough chop the tomatoes, green chillies and garlic then put them in a slow cooker in the garage for two hours. Another hour without the lid got rid of the excess tomato liquid. I don’t have a mouli so it was into a colander then mash the tomato pulp through the holes with a bowl. It was very fast and worked rather well, some of the seeds got through but it kept back nearly all the skins. From here it will be into snaplock bags and into the freezer.

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Years ago Stan salvaged pieces of sound rimu from borer ridden chapel pews that were destined for the bonfire. Since his younger sister was having a special birthday those stored pieces became a pair of trays. The bases are rimu plywood, also salvaged from old screens and Stan thinks the darker red sides might be totara because of the colour. Coated with Danish oil the wood looks beautiful.

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