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How To Blanch Tomatoes

My garden has been producing a ton of tomatoes! A great way to store them is to blanch them and then freeze them. This is easy to do and doesn’t require any items that you don’t already have in your kitchen. This way you can save the tomatoes for making fresh salsa, spaghetti sauce, and chili throughout the fall and winter!

Items Needed:

  • Large pan of boiling water
  • Large bowl of ice water
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Strainer
  • Bowl for compost
  • Freezer bags

Step 1:

Boil water and place tomatoes in for 30-45 seconds, I usually put about 5 in at a time.

Step 2:

Using slotted spoon move tomatoes from boiling water to the bowl of ice water

Step 3:

Peel off tomatoes skin and cut tomatoes into quarters

Step 4:

Remove seeds and squeeze out excess liquid, then place tomatoes into strainer

Step 5:

Place stained tomatoes into freezer bags and freeze

Tip: leave tomatoes in stainer for a couple of hours or overnight to drain out all excess liquid

Now you have tomatoes ready to thaw and use. Also the seeds and peels are great to put into your compost.

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