Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Searching for the Perfect Tomato

Our household was deep in tomatoes this past weekend. First, a bushel, then another 1/2 bushel because one bushel is ONLY 50#. We got 24 qts. tomatoes, 35 pts. salsa, 14 half-pts hot pepper relish and one sticky floor. The hot peppers were wicked-est I can remember. Jon and I took turns coughing, laughing and leaving the kitchen for sneeze attacks. These babies burned gloved hands. Even the dog stayed in her kennel.

This got me thinking about my favorite tomato recipe:

3 T. Coral (Pro MX #301) dye concentrate
1 T. Scarlet (Pro MX #300) dye concentrate
2 T. salt
3/4 c. warm water

Add one yard scoured 100% cotton- Yield: one yard tomato

For a more orangey, bright tomato I use:

3T. Scarlet (#300)
1 T. Golden Yellow (#104)
1 T. Sun Yellow (#108)
1/4 t. Bright Blue (#404)
2 T. salt
3/4 c. warm water

If you're not a regular hand-dyer, the low water immersion instructions at Pro-Chem website are:

Next, the search for the perfect pepper.


  1. I envy you your tomatoes! I am waiting patiently, maybe not so patiently, for mine to ripen.

  2. Great post, Jill! If only they'd taught chemistry in the home ec lab when I was in school...