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Brian Adam replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"When you say you oven dry tomatoes, are they whole? We have lots of cherry toms now and I have always thought we were to halve them for oven drying. Or maybe that's just when we're preparing them for a recipe. Cherry tomatoes, whole or…"
Mar 3, 2012
Rebecca Jane Jenkins replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Brenda,   very easy, wash and shove in a freezer bag...they will go soft when defrosted, and you can't do much about that because of their high water content.   Preserving in jars is easy too...you can make tomato passata (or…"
Apr 20, 2011
Brenda Gilbert replied to Rachel Rose's discussion Bottling supplies in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Rachel, I find the easiest way to get labels off jars is by firstly soaking the jars in hot soapy water for about an hour to soften the labels, and then I get to work with a goldilocks pot scourer.  I have an old goldilocks which I use just…"
Mar 4, 2011
Peter watson replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Brenda, I don't use a 'brine' but simply boil in water to bottle. You also don't need to kave a comercial dehydratoe to dry food. There are some great plans/instructions etc on the web - I am about to start making one that is…"
Feb 28, 2011
moggy replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Ours was hotter than usual, temperatures over 40C, nothing really stood a chance in that heat, even my garlic failed to do anything. The Jerusalem artichokes have brown leaves and it really should not be possible to kill thoses things."
Feb 21, 2011
Steph Clout replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Oh yum - stuffing tomatoes with feta and preserving in oil - tasty! My tomato crop has been down this year. I tried seed raising Amish Paste, Alma and another heirloom drying variety  - they all died soon after being put out…"
Feb 21, 2011
moggy replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"You can freeze them, but that seems a waste of prime tomatoes. I would semi dry them and preserve in oil. You can also stuff with feta before putting them into the oil as well. Flavour with a variety of herbs.   You don't need a…"
Feb 20, 2011
Ken Usmar replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Brenda I don't know much about preserving but if you just want to have those on toast later on all you need do is free flow freeze them and put them in a bag in your freezer. When you fancy some on toast all you need do is take out how many…"
Feb 20, 2011
Steph Clout replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Brenda, Here is the link to the passata recipe: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10703633 Scroll down - its half way down. It says add three cloves of garlic, no way - we add 3 bulbs!!! Cheers and…"
Feb 20, 2011
Brenda Gilbert replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Thanks very much for your freezing tips Steph.  And the passata sounds a great idea, I will try to track down the recipe.  Sounds like you have a lot of gorgeous tomatoes!  I didn't realise freezing was an option for tomatoes,…"
Feb 20, 2011
Steph Clout replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Brenda, we freeze all of our tomatoes because we have some many coming off the vines (1.5 - 2 kg a day!). For us, the best results come from removing the seeds and freezing in bags - with as little air as possible. We defrost them and turn them…"
Feb 20, 2011
Brenda Gilbert replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Thank you very much Lynn.  Freezing whole sounds a great method to me, nice and easy!  Do the cherry tomatoes hold their shape and flavour ok? I thought about the dehydration method but do not have a dehydrator.  What temperature…"
Feb 20, 2011
Lynn replied to Brenda Gilbert's discussion Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the group Preserving Your Surplus
"Hi Brenda...my cherry and other tomatoes I do in two ways. 1) freeze whole, as is, for easy cooking later. 2) dehydrate (either with dehydrator of slow oven) and then freeze. These are great in sauces or just as snacks - full of flavour. If wanting…"
Feb 20, 2011
Brenda Gilbert added a discussion to the group Preserving Your Surplus
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Preserving/freezing tomatoes and cherry tomatoes

Does anyone know if there is a way of freezing cherry tomatoes?  We would like to be able to take them out of the freezer later on to cook up and put on toast.Also, how to preserve them in jars?  What sort of brine do we use?Thank you very much, BrendaSee More
Feb 20, 2011
Brenda Gilbert commented on Isabell Strange's group Preserving Your Surplus
"I have extra green chillies this year that I would like to preserve if possible.  Does anyone have some pickling/preserving ideas or recipes they would be happy to share with me.  Thank you :)"
Feb 7, 2011
Brenda Gilbert joined Amy Macaluso's group
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Suburb
Ladbrooks
Post / Zip Code
7674
I am a...
Gardener
I can offer
Nothing yet.
Food Growing Skill Level
Confident
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Selling Local Grown Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
We are off to a really slow start with planting this spring. The earthquake we experienced at the beginning of September slowed the process down quite a lot. We had a lot of liquefaction on our land which caused clay filled water to rise and the topsoil on our large garden had a layer of clay on it.

We have dug most of it back in and on the weekend, planted our first spuds!

Looking forward to getting heaps more vegetables in, but it is a slow process at the moment. Only organic processes used here, no sprays, so takes that much longer but very worth it in the end.

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