We bought a box of “utility” tomatoes from Dr. Davies Farm. These are the tomatoes that are really only good for sauce — they’re almost ready for the compost pile, unless you cook them immediately. So we did that.
We tackled this project together. Greg took the outside task of washing the ‘maters. Here they are in their box:
Now it’s time to blanch:
Make an X on the top and bottom of the tomatoes:
Drop them into boiling water:
Then remove them from the water and plunge them into ice water:
Then you can slip off the tomato skin:
Now we’ve got some naked tomatoes!
Now slice in half and slightly squish them so the seeds come out:
Now we’re going to make the sauce. Start with garlic. More garlic than you think you need.
Saute in olive oil:
Cook and cook until the tomatoes become sauce-y:
Now it’s time to put them up. You need to remove the seeds first.
To freeze, get out your plastic bags and write what you’ve got:
I find the easiest way to get the tomatoes in there is to use a measuring cup with a spout:
And now — just freeze them and defrost when you’re ready for a pasta dinner!