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Storing tomatoes
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cherryclouse    Posted 07-19-2004 at 12:26:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you store/can tomatoes?

Thanks


bill b va    Posted 07-20-2004 at 02:05:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

i have put them in the freezer right out of the garden . to use drop in boiling water frozen until skin loosens and slip skin off . they are only good for soups and tomato sauces as you would use canned tomatoes . saves a lot of work and the skin prevents freezer damage . all natural and no preseravites


Judy in NC    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:47:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was waiting for others to advise you, but since no one else has, I'll share my method:

I don't peel them anymore - too time consuming, and the family doesn't notice the difference in the tomato sauce.

I just soak them a bit to soften any dried particles on them, clean them off, cut them up into pieces after trimming out any undesirable spots.

Then I stew them till good and hot (just short of a boil).

I pack them into quart jars and process in a water bath - you don't have to pressure can tomatoes.

I put up 60 - 90 quarts a year of stewed tomatoes, and since I bought a juicer last year, we put up a lot of tomato juice as well - everyone loves it. I don't usually have the time to boil it down to make tomato sauce, paste, or ketchup.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Judy in NC


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