Practical DIY 12: Easy Stewed Tomatoes

Oh my, my! Two years ago our neighbors brought over a small bucket of tomatoes from a local farm and left them on our porch. The kids said they were the best tomatoes they’d ever had and they were. He later told us that he and his wife visit a local farm every year. We’ve been wanting to get to the farm for 2 years and finally made it this past week. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The u-pick option to buy tomatoes was very reasonable. A large bag of tomatoes was $3. We picked about 30 tomatoes before we filled the bag so I have a LOT of tomatoes.

Also a few years ago, in an attempt to stray away from can goods, especially acid foods, I wanted to learn how to make my own stewed tomatoes. I learned how to freeze peel my tomatoes. SO EASY!

All you need to do is plan ahead. Freeze a few tomatoes. I usually freeze any tomatoes that are on the verge of going bad so I don’t have to throw them out. Once they are frozen and you’re ready to peel them just run some hot water from the tap. Fill a bowl of hot water and submerge the tomatoes. After a few minutes the skin on the tomatoes will get rather loose and you should be able to just peel or pop the rest of the tomato out of its skin.

If you’ve never tried this method, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I add stewed tomatoes this way to my pasta sauce quite frequently. A super easy method and healthier way to cook down tomatoes on the fly.

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