Sunday, January 18, 2009

Day 190 / Day 125 - A harvest of tomatoes

Well, it's come down to this for the Tomato Aerogarden. I did one gigantic harvest of all the remaining tomatoes on the Aerogarden unit.

Had it not been for the critters, I probably would have bought a few more nutrient tablets and continued to harvest tomatoes. But for now, I'm content with this bountiful harvest.

Now, the question I had to ask myself was, what do I do with these? I did the salad thing, and I did the BLT thing. What next?

If you recall some early blogs, one of my dreams was to make my own homemade tomato sauce. Of course, when I wrote that I foresaw having bushels and bushels of tomatoes. But I wasn't about to let the fact that I only have 21 little cherry tomatoes deter me from this dream.
I put the tomatoes in a mini food processor.


The blended tomatoes certainly smelled like very fresh tomatoes. I then improvised, tossing in a bunch of herbs and spices. Among other things, I used fresh basil from my potted basil plants, the remainder of the fresh oregano from the Aerogarden, and the usual suspects of garlic, salt, sugar, and olive oil.

After a bit more whirring, I put the contents into a little saucepan and simmered it down until it was chunky.

I added more random spices from the cupboard, and then tossed it with a little fresh Italian pasta.

How did it taste? It was definitely fresh, and I think the fact that it took half a year to make made it all the more satisfying.

All in all, I'd say the Tomato Aerogarden fell a bit short of what I'd hoped. It was cool growing tomatoes in the house, of course, but at the end of the day I think the Aerogardens are more suited for herbs like parsley and basil. While at the end, the tomatoes started to finally grow prolifically, it took way too long to get to that point and the fact that it looks like it was the tomato leaves that attracted the whiteflies will make me think twice about getting this seed kit again. Put another way, the next time I grow a tomato garden, I hope I'll be able to do it in a yard.

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