Tomatoes are so much fun to grow! They are resilient, they grow fast, lots of color, and just one plant can provide you with a lot of tomatoes!
I have found that most people aren’t canners but instead prefer to freeze. However in the event of an emergency if the power goes out they won’t be able to keep them frozen… Prepping is a journey, an endurance challenge – some persons just haven’t passed canner-ville just yet.
Let’s look at how you can do it:
- Pick and clean the tomatoes.
- Fill a huge pot half way up with water and bring it to a boil.
- Fill a huge bowl half way up with ice and water.
- Place a few tomatoes into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds.
- Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and place them into the bowl of ice and water for about 20-30 seconds.
- Peel off the skin.
- Cut off the top, then cut in half.
- Remove and save the seeds for next season!
- Bag the halves.
- Put the bag in the freezer!
The most efficient way to get this done is to have two people working together, one should be manning the tomatoes in the boiling water while the other peels the skin off the tomatoes in the ice and water. This is what I have found works best.
I realize this may seem simple to many Preppers out there but everyone has to start somewhere.
One thing I have learned is that frozen tomatoes should not be used for anything requiring fresh tomatoes. The freezing process changes the consistency. As such you should are limit its’ use to crock-pot type meals such as chili. Prep and learn!