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Frozen tomatoes
Wed 10-Nov-10
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johnmcc
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Probably everyone on here knows this, so if any moderator wants to delete this as old hat, feel free.

 

We had a glut of plum tomatoes this year.  I froze about 20 kilos as I picked them, whole and unwashed.  I now use these very successfully in place of tinned toms in all sorts of dishes, especially pasta sauces and pizza tomato paste.  But I have long had a bit of a problem with the digestibility of some tomato skins.  So I now put the three or four big frozen toms I'm going to use in a pyrex bowl and pour boiling water on to cover them.  Within seconds the skins split and come adrift, but because the toms are still frozen you can still handle them to pull the skins off.  I then chop and use in the normal way, allowing a bit of extra cooking time to bring the toms up to temp.  Hope this is of some use.  If you all knew this already, well, I've just discovered it, and I think it's brilliant!

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Wed 10-Nov-10
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Well I didn't know about it so you don't need to worry!  If I ever get a freezer I'll know what to do with tomatoes.

I'll try that again!

Wed 10-Nov-10
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I think it's brilliant too!  I didn't know you could freeze toms whole without making them into passata or something first. welldone

If I'm skinning them from unfrozen I score through the skin 2x the whole way round  to give quarters before covering with boiling water, helps the skin peel off.

Wed 10-Nov-10
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Well I think it's brilliant too, John. We always process ours and never thought you could simply freeze them. Neat trick re de-skinning from frozen. Many thanks. ok

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Wed 10-Nov-10
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wave  Totally agree.  I have always processed tomatoes before freezing.  I shall definitely try this.  Thank you John cheers

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Wed 10-Nov-10
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Great to hear this John, I frozen several kilos of cherry toms a month or two ago as we were getting sick of tomato salad, tomato sandwiches, roasted tomatoes, etc etc. Aim to make some chilli Jam when I get a mo.

Thu 18-Nov-10
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I am constantly surprised how often the obvious isn't obvious. ponder

That never occurred to me to just throw them in the freezer, I always took the time to blanch them first. welldone welldone welldone

Do they seem to stay separate better since they have their skins on?

That's one of the great things about the forum, everyone is willing to share the results of their experiments!big_laugh

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Thu 18-Nov-10
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Michelle from Oregon said:

Do they seem to stay separate better since they have their skins on?


 

They stay separate unless they are wet when you throw them into the freezer. They often split, and may stick together then. I sometimes freeze them on a tray and then bag them, sometimes I bag them and then freeze them. A real bonus is that you can use them from frozen in salsa or even in salad. With cherry tomatoes I just wait till they have slightly thawed and can be cut in half and throw them into a salad, or chop them up and put them into salsa. i_am_hungry

Thu 18-Nov-10
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Brilliant, I did the same this year with runner beans without blanching although I did slice them first and that is working out just fine. Watch out tomatoes, it will be your turn next year too !!

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Thu 18-Nov-10
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Changing the angle somewhat, can anyone please tell me with bread making I freeze the finished loaf but is it possible to freeze the dough at any point prior to baking the bread ?

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Thu 18-Nov-10
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Hi Chris - I haven't tried this, but after googling, it would appear that many do freeze bread dough. See here for an example - ignoring the advert to 'cut down a bit of your belly each day'  - it's a bit same-y every time you google something !!steam  ...... thumbs_down

In fact, I think I might try doing some bread myself, as I have some fresh yeast in the fridge!

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Sun 21-Nov-10
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brightspark said:

. See here for an example - ignoring the advert to 'cut down a bit of your belly each day'  - it's a bit same-y every time you google something !!steam  ...... thumbs_down


 

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I presume the tomatoes you are freezing are red?

 

I've got loads of green tomatoes - pounds and pounds of them in fact - and I really don't know what to do with them. I think I have enough chutney and they are simply not turning red. So, would there be any point in freezing them?

Tue 1-Nov-11
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I don't know I'm afraid, but if you're bored with chutney, you can make nice jam with green tomatoes and a bit of lemon.

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We had 3 trugfuls of green tomatoes that I initially thought would never turn....but they did!  Left them on a sunny windowsill with a couple of red toms in each trug, it took a week or two but eventually almost all of them turned.  And once a few started, it seemed to prompt the rest to redden within a couple of days.  The warmth of the sun through the glass was the big prompt, I'm sure.

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