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Chile wrote:Two ways to freeze tomatoes:
1. Core them, put them in a baggie, and freeze them whole. When defrosted, use like canned whole tomatoes.
2. Roast or blanch them, remove the core and skin, and freeze them. I prefer to puree or crush them first. When defrosted, use like canned stewed tomatoes.
You can also cook up tomato sauces and freeze them. Examples include enchilada sauce, spaghetti sauce, and barbecue sauce. All freeze very well. Something like salsa with fresh ingredients (like the onion) don't freeze as well.
I love this recipe, too. Hot & Spicy Tomato Chutney
Plumerias wrote:When I still had a garden, I had twenty plants. In August and September I froze a lot of them. I diced them and put them in ziplock quart freezer bags in two cup measures. These I used for soups. I also have a couple of Indian dishes that feature tomatoes, which I would make up to a point and freeze, writing the directions for finishing the recipes in the little stripe on the bag.
If you eat pasta and have lots of paste tomatoes, they make a wonderful just barely cooked fresh summer sauce. I grew a golden variety that I really miss for that dish. Blanch and peel about ten of them (she said wondering if she is remembering correctly) and chop them up. Cook them down just a bit while you are boiling the pasta and steaming whatever compatible veggies you also got out of the garden. Toss everything together with lots of fresh basil and enjoy.
While you're enjoying fresh salsas, think about the combination of tomatoes and peaches with basil. It sounded weird to me when someone suggested it, but it's really good.
LeeAnne wrote:Faith, why are your tomatoes slowing down? Mine sure aren't yet even though it is a little cooler at night now.
Actually it doesn't seem like we had a summer. We only had about 2 weeks of really hot weather in the 90's. It never did hit 100 in our area and it usually does. So weird.
Love the recipes--and the idea of filling ice cube trays with tomato paste--that just sounds so handy to have around!!! I'm going to have to try that!
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