Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quick tip: Freezing Tomatoes

This year I didn't have quite enough spare tomatoes to bother with canning them, so I froze some instead. While you can freeze them whole, (a great way to get the skins off), I chopped mine up so I could freeze them flat for easy storage.  To make things even easier, try dividing the tomatoes within the bag: after filling the bag and laying it flat in a pan, gently separate the chopped tomatoes into more manageable portions.  Freeze it in the pan until solid, (to keep them flat).  These 1/2 c. squares are easily broken apart so I can take out what I need without defrosted the entire bag, reducing possible waste.  Now they are ready to add to soups, sauces, and casseroles!

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