Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
homemaker mama to and due in March
Baker's Wife and Catholic Unschooling Mama to Simeon (12), James (10), Amos (7) and Annie (5) and Jonah (3)
|Too Many Tomatoes?
The tomato harvest can be overwhelming and it used to be for
me, too. Canning tomatoes, making salsas, spaghetti sauces and
relishes in the heat of the summer was no picnic, in terms of
time and energy.
Now, I wash my tomatoes, cut out the stem and freeze them
whole in clean garbage bags. Throughout the fall and winter,
when adding heat to the house is a bonus, I take out the
number of tomatoes I want to use in soups, stews, etc. the
night before and let them thaw in the sink or a large pot. The
skins will slip off the tomatoes and I save the step of
blanching! The "water" from the tomatoes can be poured off and
I'm left with the "meat" of the tomatoes, saving the stovetop
time of reducing whole tomatoes to a denser consistency. If
you have the freezer space, it's a great way to keep the
freezer full for efficiency and reduce the energy you put into
having homemade tomato based foods.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
I also sometimes just toss them into the blender and puree them, then let it stand a bit and settle, then pour off some of the water, and then freeze the puree. That way it's all ready to be sauce, and it's already been reduced a bit so it needs less simmering.