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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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

So yesterday, a Facebook friend posted something about the “easiest fudge in the world” or some bullshit along that line. Since the kid was napping, and I was bored, so I decided to try it, and I’m sure glad I did. It took only 4 ingredients and MAYBE 10 minutes of my time. Continue reading

Soup Beans

We absolutely love soup beans (or any kind of beans for that matter) up in this house. Even my toddler who is starting to get so picky, its disturbing. Yesterday, I put my soaked and SORTED beans in my crock pot. (For the love of god, please check for rocks; your teeth will thank you). Most of the time I do not have a ham hock or whatever handy, so I use a granulated pork base to flavor my beans. This stuff can be pretty expensive, but worth it! But, needless to say, I had ran out, and didn’t know. Shame on me… But, I always keep plenty of onion soup mix on hand (its cheap, its delicious, it goes with anything), and decided to use that instead. It didn’t taste as awesome as pork seasoned beans, but it did the trick, and they were still very yummy. So, if you’re ever in a pinch cooking those beans, remember that dry onion soup mix works miracles!!!

 

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