Preserving My Tomato Harvest (with Tomato Paste Recipe)

| 9/22/2015 10:35:00 AM

It is peak tomato season! There are so many recipes that fresh tomatoes can be used in: salsa, salads, bruschetta, cucumber-tomato-onion salad, on burgers, on sandwiches, on pasta — the list goes on. So, what to do when you are eating tomatoes at every meal and still have them coming? It is time to preserve them!

I freeze, dry and can my excess tomatoes.

Freezing Garden Tomatoes

Be sure to put the date and description on each freezer bag and quart jar.  You may think you will remember the date they were frozen, but to be on the safe side write the type and date you bagged them. Use the oldest first and all within a year.

During peak season for any produce, you can get the lowest prices at your neighborhood farm or farmers market. In many cases you can get a huge discount for any bruised or blemished tomatoes. These are great to use for preserving, just be sure to remove any soft spots.

9/10/2019 11:27:56 AM

Canning tomato sauce seems like a lot of work. Here is what I do. I take Juliet and San Marzano and La roma tomatoes, run them thru the cuisnart and shred them. Put them in a crock pot, use an electric "stick" to mix well every hour for 3 hours (takes about 4 minutes), cook a=on medium or high for a total of 6-8 hours. then put 2 cups of the silky smooth tomato sauce in a 1 qt zip lock bag, flatten and seal. Place in freezer with a piece of wax paper between bags. Then when thawed, put in garlic, basil, etc. -- Makes great soup, sauce and whatever you wish to use it for..2 cups is just right for two people's use. Bob.

Glad Tom
2/18/2016 8:39:02 AM

Hello Melodie! You are absolutely right. We can use the fresh tomatoes to make the salsa, burgers, sandwiches and pasta. Great ingredients you have shared with us. Thanks for sharing great blog.

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