I was able to get over 40 lbs of organic tomatoes from Delvin Farms, my local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for $50. That is $1.25/lb and a GREAT price for organic tomatoes! I am not a canner, so I had to find a better way to put these up. Salsa was a no brainer, but the rest of the tomatoes…what would I do?
Since I don’t can, I decided to just freeze them whole and the rest I diced and froze so I can make salsa later. I took my Tomatillio Salsa Recipe and made it without the tomatillios and it was still FABULOUS!
Okay, so here is my process to peel and freeze 40 lbs of canning tomatoes.
2. Heat a large pot 2/3 full of boiling water. Gently drop 6-8 tomatoes into boiling water. Let them boil for 1-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the skin. My tomatoes had very thick skin, so I kept them in around 4 minutes, but my garden tomatoes only need a minute since they have a VERY thin skin.
I got 6 gallon bags, 1 doubled batch of salsa, and large containers of diced tomatoes.
Any tips to put away bulk tomatoes? I’d love to hear your ideas or tips.