tomatoes. lots of tomatoes. and though i love them, they are a lot of work (especially the little ones).
and since i don't want to invest in canning at this point in life, freezing is the best option. so, because this process was new to me, i thought i'd share it with you.
[to tell the truth, this isn't the first time i attempted this process. i actually completed my first batch, along with several calls to my mom, a few weeks ago. and that process inspired this blog. i figure i'm not the only one who calls my mom frequently during a project and never really knows if i'm doing it right or not. so i figured i'd share all of my attempts with you. back to the tomatoes...]
1. wash well
2. boil water
3. prepare ice bath (note to self: have enough ice on hand for the plethora of tomatoes. second note to self: prepare a bowl large enough for all of your boiling hot tomatoes)
4. dump tomatoes into boiling water. leave them in the boiling waters for...well...not very long (i probably took them out a bit sooner than i needed to but i'd say it's less than a minute)
5. drain tomatoes and transfer them immediately to the ice bath. leave them there for a few minutes while you get your next stations ready
7. peel the tomatoes. flash boiling, as above, cooks them just enough to loosen the skin.
8. cut the tomatoes into large chunks
9. bag and freeze
apparently (according to my mom), you can use these just like diced canned tomatoes after they thaw...we'll see. i have yet to try them yet.
that's all. (that and the 12 pans of cookies i baked this week. but we'll save that for another post.)