Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pomodori | Tomato Season 2018

Every year around my birthday, it is tomato jar making time. It is a tradition yes, but more of a necessity in every Italian household. 

When I was a little girl, I remember being so excited to join the older women-- my Nonna, Mom, and Aunts in the process of slicing, chopping, filling, and squishing the numerous jars with petals of basil already lining the bottom. 

It is a long and tedious process, of this I must admit. After all the jars have been filled, they then must cook in a pot large enough to be considered a pool for children. 

And then the sauce must be cooked again with seasoning once you are ready to use a single jar. 

But it is all worth it. The tomato jars can be used for everything and anything you cook. Not just reserved for pasta, but soups and rice and lasagna, and pizza... the list goes on and on. 

I love to document this special part of my life every year, because it is a part of my family and culture. One that I hope to carry with me to my future family for years to come.