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Friday, August 29, 2008

Storing Veggies!!

What do you do with your veggies. I recently ended up with a fridge full of tomatoes, some of which I had bought and some were given to us. We don't really eat tomatoes that fast, so in an effort not to waste them, here is what I did.

First I put a big pot of water on the stove. Once it reached boiling, I dropped the whole tomatoes in long enough for the skin to loosen up. Once the skin started to crack, I took them out and peeled them and dumped the water. Next I sliced them up and put them back in the big pot with a little water. I boiled them down and then mashed them with the potato masher. Lastly, I filled my zip lock bags with the tomato sauce, and popped it in the freezer.

I also cut up okra and froze that too. I was not sure how it would turn out because I had never tried that before, but when I took it out to cook it was great.

Do you have some great ideas on how to store veggies, leave me a comment and let me know all about it.

1 comment:

Lenetta said...

I'm really slow reading last week's Frugal Friday posts. :>) I've been trying to make more baby food for my little one - she's old enough now to eat normal people food but just getting her fifth tooth, so we're moving pretty slowly.

The easiest one I've found was peaches - I wrap them whole in saran wrap and freeze them in a ziploc bag. (You can also flash freeze them on a cookie sheet and then put them in a ziploc without wrapping.)

When you're ready to use them, you take out however many you need and run them under cold water to get the skin off. They seem to come off the pit easier sometimes, too. Then either thaw at room temp for a while or if you're in a hurry, zap in the microwave for a bit and run through the food processor. Perfect!

I also use those peaches for cobbler, or whatever else I might use regular peaches for.

I preserve my tomatoes similarly, although not wrapped or flash frozen. I wash and core them, put them in a ziploc and freeze. They're a little tougher to get apart that way, though. Then when I need some, I run under cold water to slip the skin off the same way. Last year I piled them in my slow cooker with the lid off for a day or two and made tomato sauce - I'm looking forward to doing that again this year.

I saw your post down below about Restaurant.com - if you check out http://wantnot.net, Mir frequently has coupon codes so you can save even more on eating out.

Happy vegetable storing! :>)