I've been successful at getting the tomatoes cut and cooked down before the sun rises, but not through the sauce maker. Early is best when canning with sauce anything. This was a double batch of tomato paste (20 pounds). That is one of my smaller sauce pans - 8 inches tall, and 10 inches in diameter. That is what it looks like before it becomes.....
I'm happy to try a new recipe this year, which only required 10 pounds - Lemony-Basil Tomato Soup. One batch makes 5 pints. I canned 10 pints. Actually 9, as only 9 will fit in my canner, so the 10th pint was the taste test. We love it! I want to make another double batch, but leave the basil out, and freeze the 10th pint. Snipping 2 cups of basil was time consuming (for a double batch), and we leave a plant in the house to snip fresh.
I'm not out of ideas for the next picking of tomatoes either. I want to double up on some items I only made once, and then maybe another new soup recipe, tomato jam recipes, and/or marinara, spaghetti.....you just can't have enough tomatoes.
I need to start labeling stuff or I won't be able to tell pizza sauce from soup, and taco sauce from ketchup.
I got to the Farmer's Market for enough peaches for jam, but froze them. When the garden is pulled completely, and the house is cooler, I'll can the jam.
I actually got 5 minutes of crochet work done before my eyes closed on their own. Literally, I was that tired. I think my brother and his wife may be getting the blanket late. That's Jasper looking at my nightstand to see if he can "will" those cat treats out on his own. Oh, and the toes are the work of my "nail tech" in training daughter. I let her use chemical free nail polish on them. She has yet to do my fingernails (too busy with garden work), but now has the knowledge of a safer nail polish (so she can stock her nail salon with it for people like me). Some safer nail polish can even be taken off with rubbing alcohol or vodka.
The tomato tally, so far, is 196 1/2 pounds. They are slowing down I think, as the days and nights here are much cooler.
I tried to get a campsite this holiday weekend, but waited too late. I'm guessing I need to be in the kitchen anyway, ha ha!