Walk right on by those reddish waxed rocks in your supermarket selling for $8. 99. You've got a freezer full of delicious tomatoes preserved at their peak. There are just a few simple steps in the process: 6. Blanching and Cooling 7. Coring and Peeling 8. Packaging Prep work:
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Fill your stockpot 7/8's full of warter and put on the stove over high heat. You want acheive a solid rolling boil before blanching. This will take a while if your using a large pot. Clean and prep the largest work surface you have in your kitchen. Fill your largest bowl with Cold water and set the nearest you can to the blanching pot. You will be transferring the hot tomatoes in here to cool and loosen their skins. Set a couple more bowls out on your work surface, your going to want one bowl to hold blanched tomatoes, one to hold processed tomatoes and one for the skins and scraps. You will also want a couple of clean dishcloths handy as stray juice tends to build up and will need mopping up during the process. Now you’re ready to go. This step is not intended to cook the tomatoes at all, it is simply meant to ease the process of peeling. Be careful not to over blanch as it will turn the tomatoes to mush and loose that fresh flavor your trying to capture. The cold water plunge will split and or loosen the skins making it a breeze to peel them. After a couple of minutes remove the tomatoes from the cold water and place them in a bowl in our work area. They are now ready to be peeled and cored. If you have a helper they can start the next step while you continue blanching and cooling the next batch. Time for the fun part. You should now have a bowl of cooled tomatoes with very lose skin in front of you. Let's get them ready to package. If you have a tomato shark you probably know how to use it. So get to it and core those tomatoes. If you don't own one, get one they are a couple of bucks and very handy. Try here. Angle the knife blade towards the center.
Rotate the tomato until the knife cuts a full circle around the stem. You should now be able to pop the core and stem out. Now grasp the tomato firmly in one hand and apply some downward pressure. If it is difficult to remove the skin, try blanching a little longer. Transfer the cored and peeled tomatoes to a bowl for packaging. Repeat until batch is done. Time to fill the bags. I've found setting the empty bag in a small container helps hold it while you are filling it with tomatoes. 6. Quarter the tomatoes with a pairing knife (optional) 7. Using the ladle scoop the tomatoes into the empty freezer bags until it's about 8/9 full. 8. 9. 5. Use a sharpie to label your bag with tomato type and date. Throw those bad boys in the freezer. 7. You’re done! Now don't you feel superior? You will, when you’re eating fresh tasting tomatoes in February. Thank you for this information. We are getting the last of the tomatoes put up (the easiest way possible! ).
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I look forward as to how this turns out. . And I like the garlic idea an earlier member posted. : )You MUST blanch vegetables (varied times for different veg) before freezing or you will end up with a tasteless and/or spoiled (useless) crop lacking in essential vitamins! ! I used to do this too, right into the freezer. Dont even have to put them in boiling water! Yes that is why I love this way, peel them nowe or peel thrm latter doesn't matter. in fact i do this for garlic a lot the skins fall right off when you try to cut them. : o)I always cook them - or rather dry them a bit in the oven - before freezing them, because I rationalize they'll be cooked anyway before eating and this way they'll take up less space in the freezer. They will eventually like become alive turning into tomato zombies, then kill us all! I have done some freezing but i also like drying them if you have cherry or grape tomatos just cut them in half and dry them in the sun or in the oven on low low heat. They work for pastas and chillis and such just toss a dried one in and it rehydrates. Never thought of this. How long does it take to dry them in the oven? I have always just put them on a cookie sheet and after they are frozen pop them into a freezer bag. What do you do about seeds when freezing, roasting canning etc. ? Do you remove the seeds first? I generally try to remove most of the seeds by giving the tomato a squeeze after peeling and coring. Also, I use varieties that have minimal seeds (ie brandywine)Great Instuctable, thanks.
If you are going to skin the tomatoes, (I do, the skin is yuk) getting a sharp knife and cutting a *very shallow* cross on the bottom before blanching makes them come off even easier. You only have to split the skin itself, try not to cut to deep into the flesh of the tomato. The length of the cut depends on the size of the fruit, about one third the width of the tomato works fine. Drying is also a good one. As was actually just sticking fresh, washed tomatoes in a freezer bag straight into the freezer. Another option would be to can them, which would follow the exact same steps except the last one where you'd just sterilize a few mason jars with hot water, fill the jars nearly full, then just cap them at wait for them to seal. That way you wouldn't have to worry about possible freezer burn or have to wait for them to unthaw. I don't peel them either, remove stems-wash them- food processor for about 6 seconds-then into the baggie. I have fresh home-made spegitti sauce soup all winter long. I used to watch my mom go thru the canning process during childhood- seemed like a whole lot of work to me. But good to know about the blanching procedure if I ever want to remove the peelings. Sounds good, although how does this equate to eating food that is only in season? Which to me matters. Sometimes. : -)Great Instructable! I've been freezing my tomato crop for a number of years, it's a great way to enjoy them year-round. The one thing I do differently is I freeze them with the skins on on a cookie sheet. When they are frozen I put them in the freezer bag. When it comes time to use them, I run them briefly under warm water to thaw the skin and they pop right out with very little effort. Then when ready to use, i take the required number of tomatoes out of the bag, run them under warm tap water, and the skin pretty much peels and washes off - then they're good to go - this way uses much less energy and time (water boiling. Cutting and such)Thanks for the Instructable. I have always loved our garden tomatoes we grow, and they were only available during the Summer.
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