Tomato Time!! 2 Ideas for Extra Tomatoes

My neighbor has had a successful tomato garden this year. How do I know this? Because just about everyday they give me a nice big tomato or 2 or 3. Of course I can’t say no so my fridge is overflowing with tomatoes! Anyone else have this problem? I guess I couldn’t call this a problem, more of a little dilemma. What am I going to do with all these tomatoes at one time?  I’m all about making salsa and bruschetta however I like these 2 ideas that will allow me to preserve them for future use 🙂

Homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes

  • Preheat oven to 200° F.
  • Gently wash and dry the tomatoes, cut into pieces then scoop out the seeds.
  • Oval Tomatoes (Plum): Cut lengthwise; Round Tomatoes: Cut into quarters.
  • Toss with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with salt. 
  • Place the tomato pieces cut side up on a rack or cookie sheet and make sure they are not touching. 
  • Place in oven and cook 6 to 8 hours. The texture will be like leather but still still flexible.

Storage Tips: Pack the dried tomato pieces in sterilized jars, cover with extra virgin olive oil (make sure each piece of tomato is fully covered in oil) and seal. For extra flavor, add herbs such as basil. The flavored oil can be used in cooking and on vegetables or salad. Keep the jars of tomatoes refrigerated bringing them to room temperature before using. To pack tomato pieces in freezer bags, remove as much air as possible, then freeze.

Chop and Freeze Plain Tomatoes

  • Large pot of boiling water
  • Set aside a bowl with ice water
  • Cut off tops of tomatoes
  • Using tongs dip whole tomatoes in boiling water for approx 10 seconds
  • Transfer into ice water 
  • Skin of the tomato should easily peel off 
  • Cut up tomatoes or chop it up in the food processor. 

Storage Tips: Place in freezer bags or plastic containers and freeze.

How do you use your extra tomatoes?

Disclosure / Disclaimer: This post reflects my personal experience and opinion which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. 

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