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Thanks for that Penny and Lynn. I take it then, that frozen tomatoes can be used to make relish at a later date?
Ditto on the tomato freezing. Have done it in the past. I'm the same as Penny...I don't bother blanching, just cut and free flow freeze. The tomatoes are then good for cooking...not for slicing or for salads.
I have a friend who froze them whole - they're like billiard balls!
Yes, I freeze tomatoes. I don't bother with blanching - just cut them in half and put them on a tray in the freezer. WHen they are frozen I put them in a bag and I have free-flow tomatoes. I use them in any cooked dish that calls for tomatoes. They are quite easy to chop while still frozen and even easier to peel if you ant to. Just hold them under running water the the skin quickly becomes easy to peel off.
Does anyone freeze their tomatoes rather than use them straight away? If so, do you blanch them, and what do you use them for when you get them out of the freezer later?
Those pesky birds are still at it !! I sat in a discreet place last evening and waited - I am sure the 'stealing' is occurring in the evening. Sure enough, along comes a bird - plain brown, size of a thrush and I have to admit, not sure what it is? Anyway, it clearly had a plan - it hopped along between the rows until it spied a juicy meal then hopped up to it. the other thing I have observed is that the water bath I made as an attraction/distraction is only visited by sparrows, who I dont think even look at tomatoes. However the good news is that they only pinch one every day or so.
Picking plenty of tomatoes. looking forward to relish on cheese and toast. Also heaps of courgettes - another relish making session imminent.
Another kilo of tomatoes today. Hi Kiwi...I don't bottle my pasta sauce - I freeze it. I haven't used eggplant in the first lot I made...but I will be in the next lot on Sunday. Good to hear you like the capsicum relish...and yes, I can imagine a chilli in it would be very uplifting! LOL
I have commercial hail netting over my tomatoes...but somehow a couple of tomatoes still got pecked at...and they were UNDER the plant! Clever little sods, them birdies. But in general, I am managing to pick more than normal, so that's gratifying. Oh...and every day I throw two tomatoes out onto the lawn...with the hope that it keeps the birds occupied in other places than on my tomato vines.
Lynn, meant to ask, are you putting eggplants in your pasta sauce? If so, can you still just pour into jars, or do you have to boiling bath process?
Kali, good to hear from you again. Would you mind to share the apple-blackberry recipe that your son made jelly with? Want to stretch those blackberries! We have been eating them instead of processing.
Lynn, I tried your capsicum relish (put in 1/2 a hot chili too) and is delish. Thanks for sharing.
I am STILL drying plums and tomatoes. Had to rescue the tomatoes from outside drying because of the cloudy weather but finished in the wood stove oven.
Found the tomatoes are being pecked again..........some new visitors, Mr. Thrush and wife....very skittish too. Guess nothing so simple as red candles are going to scare them away!
Discovered a bug I've never seen before, lots of them tangled in the corn silks.........makes me nervous because I just read that each strand of silk makes a kernel of corn. Ah, well, something new to find out about.
Just picked another 1.2 kilos of tomatoes and two eggplants. Going to make another batch of pasta sauce.
Great pick, Kathryn. Mmmmm...blackberries! Blackberry sauce, blackberry jam, blackberry cordial. Frozen berries for smoothies, dried blackberries for cereals or snacks. I would LOVE a 3 kilo haul!
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