Saturday, June 30, 2012

What in the world do we do with all these tomatoes?

It seems like every tomato in our garden ripened at the same time. We have had wave upon wave of tomatoes. Of course, we can't eat all of them. We gave as many away as we could. The rest got cut, cooked down a bit, added 1 Tbl. of Fruit Fresh to keep the color, pureed and frozen for future use. I've done this a few times and we have several plastic bags in the freezer. It's a great way to store tomatoes for future use and is a lot easier than canning. Should the world come to an end and all electricity cease, we will have to make a huge pot of tomato basil soup for the entire neighborhood. We'll deal with that if the time comes. In the meantime, I'm enjoying going to the freezer for a fresh alternative to a can of tomatoes. 

A ridiculous amount of ripe tomatoes

chopped and ready for cooking

I love my Oster hand blender. Be sure and turn
off the fire before using the blender. 

Pureed, cooled and ready for freezer bags. Using
small bags is the way to go. You can use just
one for when the recipe calls for a small amount or
 double up for soups.

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