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Re: Do you freeze a lot of fresh tomatoes?

@Spacrazy @Sounds amazing.  So tell me are you really into space stuff?  If so, I’ll tell you some interesting info about where I worked ( regarding space) in the Pentagon.

 

I can’t do it now because I’m on my IPad and it’s way too slow.

 

If you do like space stuff for real and want to hear about it I can post it tomorrow.  If not, that works too. 😘

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Re: Do you freeze a lot of fresh tomatoes?

 


@CARMIE wrote:

 

 Some I just wash and freeze whole with the skins on.  When I want to use them, I run them under cold water while frozen and the skin just peels right off.  Mostly use for soups this way.

 

 

 


@CARMIETHANK YOU for sharing this method - easiest by far to freeze this way!!!

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Re: Do you freeze a lot of fresh tomatoes?


@Sooner wrote:

I don't blanch things--just freeze them.  I'm going to cook them anyway and after freezing they go into soup or something like that.

 

I freeze a lot of kale and corn and other things for soups.  


 

 

I just did a lot of online research on blanching or not.  I found several interesting articles NOT to blanch for the reasons @Sooner mentioned above.

 

Since our beans never touch the ground and we don't use pesticides of any kind, I read not to even wash them until defrosted and ready for use.

 

If you don't have a Foodsaver, freeze cut beans in a zip lock and suck the air out with a straw.  I tried a couple like this...I turned purple a bit, LOL but it really worked! 

 

For our toms...I will saute with garlic & other spices, then use the immersiion blender and frreze the 'sauce'.

 

 

 

Extra water is hard to get out and freezing vegs with dampness will cause issues.

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Re: Do you freeze a lot of fresh tomatoes?

@Respectlife   Ha ha!  Just yesterday I peeled some peaches on their way to being soft and put a tiny sprinkle of sugar and lemon juice on them.

 

 I put them in a small zip lock bag, put them on the counter and pressed out most of the air, zipped it shut JUST until I hit the straw, then took the air out and pulled out the straw and zipped it the rest of the way! 

 

We have a Foodsaver, but not worth getting out for one little bag of smoothie-bound peaches for the freezer. 

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Re: Do you freeze a lot of fresh tomatoes?


@Sooner wrote:

@Respectlife   Ha ha!  Just yesterday I peeled some peaches on their way to being soft and put a tiny sprinkle of sugar and lemon juice on them.

 

 I put them in a small zip lock bag, put them on the counter and pressed out most of the air, zipped it shut JUST until I hit the straw, then took the air out and pulled out the straw and zipped it the rest of the way! 

 

We have a Foodsaver, but not worth getting out for one little bag of smoothie-bound peaches for the freezer. 


 

 

@Sooner 

 

Exactly...it seemed I was getting one to two quart size amounts of beans from the garden to freeze every couple days.  I didn't want to pull out the Foodsaver either...to lazy and quite honestly, it is a very old model.  Takes a long time to rev it up, seal the bottom, seal the top.  It doesn't 'cancel' very well either, so it can squish delicate veggies and fruits if not careful.

 

I must live under a rock, never heard of using a straw!  DUH!  LOL