There are so many tomatoes in the garden, #2 dau decided to make ketchup. Yes ketchup! Why you say? Well her 5yr old son LOVES ketchup- he puts it on everything. I have even seen him put it in ice cream of all things! She even asked the doctor one time if something were wrong with him he eats it so much. Doc said as long as he is eating something with it don't worry!
When she started I thought it would be a horrible process, but it wasn't really-we were able to do laundry and other things while making the ketchup.
We'd picked the tomatoes the day before so they needed to be cleaned, diced and boiled down. Onion cut and boiled down separately. Young son even helped cut up the tomatoes! After boiled down we got to smell ketchup in the house the rest of the day. The condiments were added you see. 12 1/2 pounds of tomatoes yielded 7 pints of ketchup!
I always kid her she lives on "lil house on the prairie of Maryland". I started to make a rhyme about her panties hanging on the line all pink and pretty in the sunshine, but she chastised me into stopping!
It's like history repeating itself- the canning, cooking, simple life in the prairie house. She reminds me often of my mom. Her determination of making things work!
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio