Saturday, February 25, 2012

Copious Amounts of Tomatoes

Last week I decided to add 20 pounds of tomatoes to my bountiful basket order. Really, How much is 20 pounds, right???  Well, its ALOT... 

Now I had to figure out what to do with them... Pinterest, here I come! I started with washing my big basket of goods.

Lettuce, Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli and More..

My boss said to make sauce {ofcourse she did, she's old school Italian} Okay, I'm playing an Italian wife so I thought, what the heck.....  

If you have never boiled and peeled tomatoes before {you must}  I cored the tomatoes and then dropped them in boiling water.  3 minutes later they were peeling on their own.  When you strain them to peel them, make sure to wear gloves.  I didn't and burnt the heck out of my fingers 
{I'm impatient and the gloves were too far away}
Put your peeled tomatoes in a blender and puree away... then jar and you now have crushed tomatoes ready for homemade sauce.... Yum.

Then I had to decide what to do with the rest of the tomatoes.....
Hmm, my dehydrator.  I sliced 10 of them, seasoned with Italian seasoning {yes, I'm staying in theme} and dehydrated them.  Once they were finished I packed them with oil and put them them in the fridge.  They are awaiting my next piece of "Italian Bread" and Brie cheese.... so good.

Pizza Time- Yes, everything is getting a sliced tomato at this point!

Dehydrated Tomatoes

What's your favorite tomato recipe????  


Queen of Cake Plates said...

Your sauce looks wonderful but I love the dehydrated tomatoes. Going to some garage sales today in hopes someone has one.....I want to try this. You may need to give me some tips on how to do it. Buying dehydrated tomatoes are expensive so I often avoid recipes that call for them.
Great job!

momto8 said...

one time I tried to make tomato was ok but not worth all the effort! your ideas look great!! i have never used a dehydrator...looks like very good idea! thanks!!
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Geri Johnson said...

Select 6 large firm ripe tomatoes. Cut in half and place on a broiler pan with cut side up. Top each with some of the following mixture:
1 c. dry bread crumbs
4 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt and garlic salt
Broil under flame until brown on top. Remove from oven. Reduce oven heat to 250 degrees. Place tomatoes in oven and cook about 20 minutes. Serves 6.

Geri Johnson said...

My daughter told me she is making a Tomato, Basil, mozzarella with Balsamic vinegar dressing for dinner tonight. Her baby is due March 6th & she heard there is an old wives tale that Balsamic vinegar can make you go into labor. So she's keeping her fingers crossed that her baby will come a little bit early!

Tutuland said...

Geri- Looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try it out. Crossing my fingers for your daughter!

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