9.20.2012

How to Make Stewed Tomatoes (For Your Freezer)

Do you guys can your bounty from your harvest?
I don’t. I don’t even know how to can or own a pressure canner- thing- a-majiger -
But I love to increase my food storage using fresh items from my garden.
Which is one reason I love my Freezer!!
Last week I shared on Instagram/Facebook that I was making stewed tomatoes for my freezer and had a few inquiries about it so I decided to share how I do it – so you can utilize your freezer too!


First you want to wash and boil your tomatoes so you can peel the skins off. Fill a pan with water and tomatoes and bring it to a boil. The tomatoes only need to boil for a couple minutes until the skins crack – watch carefully! You can pull them off and plunge them into an ice bath to stop them from cooking – or I just dumped mine into my strainer and let cold water pour over them.


The skins pull right off – seriously – so easy! and if the skin hasn’t split yet, simply take a sharp knife and make a little slit in the skin and the peel will peel right off. After you peel them cut them into bite size chunks. Do this on a deep, bowl like plate because you NEED to keep the tomato juices.


Once all your tomatoes are cut, dump them in a pan to simmer.


Next you want to cut up your “spices” – the flavors you want for your tomatoes. I like to use green peppers, chili peppers, onions and a touch of garlic and salt. You can do this one of two ways, you can dice them up into chunks or you can blend them up. 

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For this round, I choose to blend up the spices really small and let them simmer for a few minutes and then cooled and bagged them. If you choose to dice them up, bring them to a boil and let them soften before you cool and bag them. You want the flavors to blend a bit.


After your tomatoes have cooled for a bit – simply spoon as much as you want into freezer bags. I filled some bags to the top and other bags I filled half way. Press as much air out of them as you can.


I like to lay mine flat to freeze because they take up a lot less space and look awesome in the freezer! Plus, they thaw out a lot faster when I need them.

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So stop making excuses about canning – and get to freezing!! You can use them all winter long in your stews, soups and chilies!!!


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2 comments:

{northern cottage} said...

yay for you...I mean for me...I have all these tomatoes from my first garden and wasn't quite sure what to do with them and now I know...thank you thank you thank you!

Amy C said...

I'm so glad you shared this!! I've been thinking about making some stewed tomatoes, but I'm really new at canning. Freezing sounds much easier! Thanks!

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