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#1 75etd

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

So we've had a bumper year with tomatoes in the garden and am running out of ideas of what to use them for-I've made lots of tomato based pasta sauces, chilli con carne, Curries, tomato relish and bbq sauce, but they keep coming....

Hit me with your ideas and recipes. I have a thermomix so am open to ideas using it.

Does anyone freeze or preserve tomatoes for using in cooking later? Would love to hear any tried and tested methods of doing so, best storage containers, pros and cons etc

#2 Sunny003

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

Boil whole tomatoes until skins come off/split.
Put through sauce machine (could push trough sieve?).
Pour into sterilized bottles, add herbs if you want.
Put bottles into big pot of water (cover lid) bring to boil & boil for a bit (can't remember how long sorry)
Result- passata for the year wink.gif

Dad also blanches them, put them in freezer bags and pops them in the freezer to use in casseroles etc or fried tomatoes & onion on toast for Brekkie etc

#3 HRH Countrymel

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Tomato Passata..

Cut them in half place on as many oven trays as you have oven shelves drizzle with a bit of olive oil a sprinkle of salt  then roast until they start blackening and collapsing.

Chuck them in a big saucepan (if the skin comes of easily peel it off - if not don't worry)
Where you have already softened some onion and garlic

Render it down.

If there are black bits of skin floating to the top pick them out - otherwise don't worry..

Whack the stick blender through it all.

Boil a bit more then either transfer to sterilised jars or freeze in small containers.

Use in place of tomato paste or water down with some stock and use in place of tinned tomatoes...

#4 AnotherFeral

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

Similar to the relish, but what about salsa? I use bought ones in my taco mix; I'm sure homemade would be even better.
There should be plenty of recipes on American canning/preserving sites.

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