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!!
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.
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!
3. Fill your sink with ice water. Just do it…
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.
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.
6. Let them cool. Peel off the skin. See, the “x” made that so easy!!
7. Place in freezer bags and “put them up”!
8. Put those skins in your compost!