So now that your tomato plants have an abundance of tomatoes starting to ripen, they are ready to be picked! But what happens when you have more tomatoes than you can use? There are several ways you can preserve your tomatoes so none will go to waste! Enjoy your home farmed tomatoes long after the season is over and Dig What You Eat!
First step of the canning process is to take mason jars or cans and sterilize them, either in the dishwasher or by soaking them in boiling water. Next, pick the ripe tomatoes from the vine and thoroughly wash them. You can either can them whole or you can chop them, it is up to you. First, you are going to core the tomatoes using a knife. Then, on the bottom of the tomato, take a knife and cut slits in an “X” shape to make peeling the tomato easier. Drop the tomatoes in a boiling pot of water for about 2 minutes, until the skin loosens. This is called blanching tomatoes. Take the blanched tomatoes and peel the skin, which should come off easier now that the skin is loosened. Place the peeled tomatoes in mason jars, and using a spoon press down to fit them in their, squishing them down a bit. Squeeze a spoonful of lemon juice into the jars to maintain freshness and stir it in to the jar so it gets on all the tomatoes. Finally, use the pressure canner to seal your jars. Store the jars of tomatoes in your pantry, in a cool, dry location. Now you have perfectly preserved tomatoes straight from your garden throughout the duration of the season, and long into the off-season!
The next method to preserve your garden tomatoes is to freeze them. Tomatoes stored in the freezer are very easy and can be used in sauces and stews. The first thing you must do is thoroughly wash the tomatoes and cut the stems. Now, you can put the whole tomato in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer. Another method of freezing is to skin the tomato and store them. It is a matter of preference. You can either freeze them whole or spielautomaten online dice them up so they are ready to go when you need them. It is all up to you! If you find your tomatoes are sticking together, you can freeze them separately on a sheet pan prior to bagging them. Regardless of how you freeze them, you will have tomatoes from your garden for a while for all your recipes!
Another delicious way to preserve your tomatoes is to pickle them! Once you have picked the tomatoes off the vine, thoroughly wash and clean the tomatoes. Cut the core out of the tomato and slice an “X” in the bottom of the tomato, then drop the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes, until the skin loosens. Next, peel the skin off of the tomato. Peeling the tomatoes allows them to absorb the brine much faster and give them a better flavor. Place the peeled tomatoes in jars, and do not squish them. You only want about 2-3 tomatoes to fit in each jar. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of pickling seasoning, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 cup of filtered water. Other herbs and spices can be added to the mixture, such as dill and coriander seeds, ginger, or even garlic cloves. If you like a little more spice, add some jalapenos to the mixture! Thoroughly stir the mixture and then pour the mixture into each mason jar, making sure to use a spoon to move the brine and fill all the spaces in the jars. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 72 hours before eating. The longer it sits the more flavor the tomatoes absorb. Store your pickled tomatoes in the refrigerator. and enjoy!