Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

Tomatoes -

      Do you have too many?

We planted tomatoes plants again this year, both in our garden and on our patio.  We planted Early Girls, Roma’s, Cherries and Big Boys.

It took them awhile to get started but then for about three weeks I could just not keep up.  We were eating this wonderful fruit for both lunch and dinner and there was still a colander full on the counter.

Tomatoes +

Tomatoes +

Well…..I am too busy to want to take the time to can so I froze them.

One weekend I decided  the colander was going to become frozen diced tomatoes.  I got a pot of water boiling and dunked them in for about 30 seconds.

Tomatoes in boiling water

Tomatoes in boiling water

Tomatoes on ice

Tomatoes on ice

Then I took them out and set them into a  bowl of ice water to cool so they don’t actually cook. The peels will now just slip right off.

Peels slide right off

Peels slide right off

I cut them into chunks and put them into repurposed cottage cheese cartons and into the freezer they went.  So now I can pull out a container and just throw them in when I make a dish that I would normally buy a can of diced tomatoes for.  Very nice and fairly quick.  A little messy I must admit as I had tomato juice all over my cutting board, but I just scraped that in the containers as well.

Diced tomatoes

Diced tomatoes

 

 

Then next weekend there I was with a full colander of tomatoes again and didn’t even want to take the time of dicing them up.

Tomatoes to cut

Tomatoes to cut

Now I must say, I do not mind eating tomato peels.

This time I simply washed them and cut them in half and laid them out on top of some waxed paper on a cooking sheet.

Tomatoes on cookie sheet

Tomatoes on cookie sheet

I ended up with about four layers deep.  I then put them in the freezer.  Once they were completely frozen I took them off the wax paper quickly and popped them into zip lock baggies and got them back in the freezer.  I now can take out just as many as I want and use them.

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