I core & peel them, then put each large (or a couple small) in small "baggies" (sandwich size..not ziplock). Twist the top of the baggie to get all the air out. I then put what will fit into large ziplock freezer bags. This makes it easier to take out what you need.
Edited by: _PAULA_H at: 9/7/2009 (09:41)
Paula (Illinois) Update: May 2009 Spark 3/13/07 SW: 167; 4/1/08 GOAL! 2010 - Lost goal...start over.
The only thing about freezing is that you need to have the space in your freezer. We have a tall freezer - I guess some call it a deep freeze? so we don't have to worry too much about the space issue.
Oh & I think that they freeze better if they aren't lumped on top of each other. Probably if you initially froze them on cookie sheets before transferring to freezer bags. I'm looking forward to my tomatoes next year!
I will admit to freezing my excess tomatoes one year. I just tossed them in gallon freezer bags, made sure they weren't laying on top of each other, and froze them in our big freezer (the one that has no fridge & works more like a deep freeze than the regular kind..)
When I was ready to use the tomatoes I thawed them out & although they weren't for slicing, they were excellent in flavor for sauce. I didn't try salsa-maybe that would've worked as well. Their flavor & color were excellent & the skins slipped right off. LOL
So tell me- how do canned tomatoes taste? I've never had them.
Well, I had fun on top of a ladder, with a 'fruit picker' getting down enough pears to can 6 pints! While at it, I also did 6 pints o tart applesauce, the apples can be picked from the ground, so far. I still see pears way up there, but don't know how to get them down. A couple fell, and broke their little necks when they hit the ground. They are very sweet. I do have another pear tree, and will try the pear butter on them - that tree is also tall, though...but we'll see. The next thing is dealing with the canner. UGH.
This is my year for firsts. The first time I started a garden, and my first year to can. I have canned some pear preserves, pear butter and some pickles and I am shocked with how easy it is. I bought both the water boiler thing and the pressure cooker from walmart online that included a pack with everything you need to can. I just had to buy more jars. There were thing that I canned that I didnt have to put in the cookers! I put the stuff in there hot and put the top on it waiting for the water to boil. I looked at it and it had already sealed! coolio! Just a tip I found out. The 1/4 inch guideline (the "fill it up to 1/4 inch from the top" rule) means that is the most food to put in it. If you leave 1/2 inch or more due to not enough food, that is OK. My mother said that most people don't like doing that because it waste the space but it wont hurt anything. The 1/4 inch rule is so it wont boil over and explode. I never knew! But then again, this is my first year lol
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