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WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THESE TOMATOES?

Did all your tomatoes ripen at once?  Are your neighbors and co-workers hiding from you because they just can't eat anymore?  Now what?  Here's an easy way to "can" them so you can eat your fresh juicy tomatoes all winter long.  
 
Let's start by blanching our tomatoes so we can peel the skin off easier and get them ready for the freezer
Take your nice ripe red tomatoes and give them a quick wash. If they have a spot, remove it with a sharp knife. Remove core from the top of the tomato but don't worry about any blemishes in the skin as the skin will be removed later.
Prepare a pot of boiling water large enough for two or three tomatoes as well as enough water to cover them.  Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for about 1 minute or until you see a crack in the skin.
Take them out of the water with a big spoon and place them in cold water or you can put them into a colander and run cold water over them like I do.  This will help the skin to crack more making them easier to peel and cool them off so you can handle them.  After peeling the skin off your tomatoes
After peeling the skin off your tomatoes they can be cut in half and the seeds can be squeezed out (to make your sauce a little thicker). Your tomatoes are now ready for that sauce recipe that you've been meaning to try or they can be frozen as is. I put my cut up blanched tomatoes into serving sized zip lock freezer bags and stack them in my freezer. They don't take up much room and you'll have great tasting tomato dishes all winter long.
Now all you have to do is defrost and cook...you'll get that home grown fresh taste and you will be the envy of the neighborhood.
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Tomato-lly yours,

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