Putting Up Tomatoes

My in-laws brought me over a ton of tomatoes from their garden this past weekend, and I love me some garden tomatoes. Especially in chili and veggie soup.
So, I “put them up” this weekend, and the process only takes about 30 minutes. If you’ve never blanched tomatoes before to freeze, listen up!!

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1. You want to go on and fill a large pot with water and get that on to boil. And remember, a watch pot never boils, but have no fear… There’s lots to do while the boiling commences.

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2. So you have your tomatoes, and maybe wondering what in the hell to do now… Core them and slice a little “x” in the bottom of all of them. Trust me, that extra step makes it an easy task!

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3. Fill your sink with ice water. Just do it…

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4. Find a way that works for you to transport your tomatoes to the boiling pot. Once the tomatoes have been placed in the pot CAREFULLY (don’t burn yourself like I normally do), set your timer for a minute.

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5. Once the minute is up, take a slotted spoon and get them out. I put them in another pot, because I didn’t want to burn my leg skin off from the water dripping from the colander. Place these tomatoes in the ice water. Repeat process until all tomatoes are blanched.

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6. Let them cool. Peel off the skin. See, the “x” made that so easy!!

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7. Place in freezer bags and “put them up”!

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8. Put those skins in your compost!

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