Jacks a very good boy
He shall have cakes and custard.
But when he does nothing but cry
He shall have nothing but mustard.
Culinary Arts Tomato Catchup
Yes, indeed, boys and girls, I did make ketchup once. This
was in 1976, the first year we were living in Paradise, Ca. The field workers went on
strike that year and then farmers opened their fields to anyone who wanted the tomatoes.
Oh, boy, I had so many tomatoes. And in those days we ate a lot of chili, spaghetti,
lasagna, meat loaf, etc. Would you believe I canned enough tomatoes to last a whole year!
On top of that, I got ambitious and became even more hyper domesticated and decided to
make ketchup and used this recipe. It took forever to boil down into a thick sauce, but it
was well worth it. Now I stick to Heinz.
1 peck (which means a lot) ripe tomatoes -- there are four
pecks in a bushel, so either multiply your recipe x 4 or divide your bushel by 4 to make
5 sliced onions
1 small clove garlic
2 red peppers, seeded
1:1/2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon cayenne
2 inches stick cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups vinegar
Boil first 6 ingredients until soft. Strain through sieve.
Add spices in a spice container or bag. Add sugar to tomato mixture and boil rapidly
stirring occasionally until thick or quantity is reduced by half.
Remove spices, add vinegar and boil 10 minutes longer. Pour
into sterile jars and seal. Makes about 6 quarts.
I made pickles once, too but all I can remember is
that I had to go out and find "alum" to add the crispness, and now I believe
that might have been some sort of "aluminum" so even if our food was
organic, there was still something added.
I thought Id better look up "alum" for this
web edition cant be leading more people astray, can I? So, according to the
huge Websters compendium (which came with the Encyclopedia Britannica set we bought in
Germany in 1969 yes, truly from a traveling salesman) heres what goes into
your pickles: either of two colorless or white isomorphic crystalline or double sulfates
of aluminum having a sweetish sourish astringent taste and used chiefly in medicine
internally as emetics and locally as astringents and styptics. Well, well, well!
My brother used a styptic pencil when cut himself shaving.
The description of alum cake is definitely not for an edible product. And Webster also
defines alum leather. This truly gives new meaning to being pickled, doesnt it? I
wonder if Peter Piper knew this?
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper;
A peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Wheres the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?
How rapidly and how many times can
you repeat that little tongue-twister?