There is barely an inch of cooked-down sauce in the crock-pot.
I also decided to be a bit proactive and take some of those green tomatoes for myself. I have a recipe for Green Tomato Relish that is quite tasty on a hot dog, at least that is how I first came to sample it at a birthday party. I promptly asked for the recipe.
I hope it is as good as I remember it, because even after halving the recipe I have eight 1/2-pint jars of it sitting on the counter. By my calculations that is two years worth after gifting a few jars to family. For anyone that might be interested in away to use up those green tomatoes at season's end, or just to spite your 'stupid' Labrador Retriever, here it is:
GREEN TOMATO RELISH
3 qt green tomatoes (5 lb)
4 lg onions, chopped
2 sweet red peppers, chopped
2 sweet green peppers, chopped
1 qt vinegar
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 T mustard seed
2 T celery seed
3 C white sugar
2 T salt
Put green tomatoes through chopper, strain, and measure.
(I took this to mean that the 3 qt or 5 lb of green tomatoes
should be post chopping and straining.)
Add chopped onions, peppers, and spices. Boil 1 hour. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.
(I also assumed the vinegar and sugar were to go in the pot for the 1 hour boil.
I left over a 1/4 inch of head space (but less than 1/2 inch) and boiled for 10 minutes.)
Now back to the subject of those sweet potatoes from yesterday! Sweet potatoes are said to double in size (or was it weight??) every 2 weeks. Either way the "babes" will mature if given another couple of weeks, but the "big daddies" of the bunch don't need any bulking. I initially thought I could root around for the larger tubers and leave the smaller ones intact, but this was next to impossible. So I harvested about half of the bed and will leave the others for a week's time or so. We had some more sweet potato greens last night with dinner, and I gave some to my neighbor that so kindly shared a fig tree with me.
The sweet slips were planted in a 4 x 4 raised bed, in mounds which were covered in black plastic to help retain heat. Initially a dozen were planted but I lost at least three or four in the early weeks.
This is looking in from outside the fence.
Here is another view, the tomatoes have gone over into the potato bed,
and the potato vines have in turn made their way into the tomato jungle.
I harvested 6 lbs of sweets yesterday (and one dahlia tuber), and they are curing in my bathroom.
Odd I know, but they like warm temps and humidity so I figured that was the best place for them to hang out for the next couple of weeks.