A year ago, we were preparing for our trip to Italy. My father-in-law is from there, and his whole family is still there. We flew into Rome and stayed there for a couple of days and then headed out to the country. It was a GREAT trip. I do remember being a little stressed because I was in the middle of training for my half marathon, but I got a couple of runs in.
I ran around this
And I got a run in out in the country. This is the view from our hotel room
I love running on vacation. I actually got lost on my run in Rome, and it was awesome. We didn’t stay long in Rome before heading to the country, so on my run I got to see things I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I highly recommend bringing your sneakers and getting lost on your next vacation! 😉
While in the country, we spent a day helping out on the farm. Erm’s uncle and his family grow tomatoes, boil them, run them through the machine, and then bottle the puree that comes out in beer bottles to sell at the market. He is actually known as “the guy with the tomatoes in the beer bottles” in town, and people were coming to the house for days after the market looking for him!
Washing the tomatoes with my father in law…each one has to be washed and the bruised/blackening ones need to be tossed
And we filled the bottles together, too. It was great bonding time 🙂
On Saturday, we attacked 8 bushels of tomatoes! My in-laws had already washed them all and cut the tops off, and some were already draining by the time we got there
We set up the machine
And got to work. Erm loaded the tomatoes in, I was in charge of pushing them down. With my other hand, I was making sure that all the seed and skins ended up in the bowl, and not in the pot of puree
My mother in law prepares the jars with some basil from the garden
And they are filled
And then the jars are boiled so that the lids seal up.
106 jars later, we are all set for the year
I have to tell you… puree in a can does not compare to this fresh stuff. All that’s in there is salt and basil and delicious tomatoes. I love being part of a family that puts so much importance on fresh food, and knowing where your food comes from. A day of work is completely worth it for a year of delicious sauce 😀