Morning three: the tomatoes are mocking me, still piled in boxes and lining my countertops. My kitchen looks like a war zone. I decide it's time to finish the job... 14 more quarts of tomatoes get canned and the rest go into a big pot of marinara on the stove.
In the end, I yield 35 quarts of canned, whole tomatoes; five pints of sauce for freezing; one pint of sauce for the night's spaghetti dinner; and three pints of fresh tomato juice. We're friends again now, me and those tomatoes. In fact, think I'll open up a jar or two and make some tomato soup for dinner!
How to Can Tomatoes at Home: http://www.pickyourown.org/canning_tomatoes.htm
Fresh Tomato Sauce: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/08/fresh-tomato-sauce/ (I tripled this recipe)
My Favorite Tomato Soup Recipe: http://www.cookusinterruptus.com/index.php?video_id=60