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…and they just keep coming – tomatoes that is. Even though we had a very cool start to the year we seem to have an abundance of tomatoes. The beauty of buying bedding plants is that you can try so many different varieties. In the spring we went to the Wild Rose nursery located on Gabriola and bought 15 different varieties of tomatoes, many of them heirloom. We had small and large Beefsteak, Golden Delight, Jolly Elf, Black Prince, Early Girl and many others, some were cool weather varieties, some not. The result was very satisfying and there were so many that every few days I was processing them this fall. In my opinion the easiest way to keep tomatoes is to skin them and simmer them all day until they are reduced by half. Then ladle them into sterile jars and screw on the lid – now they are ready to use!

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