Freezing Summer Tomatoes Plus A Homemade Tomato Sauce

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If you're wondering what to do with all those summer tomatoes you've got, you'll want to look at this freezing food preservation idea. The freezing food preservation ideas also include a homemade tomato sauce, so you'll be set for the months that lie ahead. At the end of the season, when all the summer vegetables are abundant, you'll want to try these ideas so that none of the food goes to waste. The canning process can be a bit intimidating to some, however, freezing food preservation is simple and something anyone can do. Many people freeze their tomatoes successfully after a thorough cleaning without the extra step of blanching. It is, however, recommended to blanch the tomatoes before freezing for the best results. And an important tip is to always remember to label the exterior of the Ziploc baggies with the contents and the amount. For the full step by step freezing food preservation, you will want to take a look at the site.

For the freezing food preservation idea for the tomatoes, it is recommended that they are blanched first. The purpose of blanching the fresh tomatoes before freezing is to help preserve both the color and the nutrients, to improve texture and lengthen the shelf life of the tomatoes. Blanching is used not to cook the tomatoes. Frozen tomatoes are great for use in cooked foods such as stews, soups or sauces but wouldn't be suitable after thawing for use in recipes such as salads or sandwiches. It's always nice to be able to reach for a container of homegrown tomatoes to make a pot of homemade soup on a cold day and makes this freezing food preservation method worth the effort. The ingredients and the tools you will need for the freezing food preservation is firm ripe tomatoes, water, plastic freezer safe Ziploc baggies or plastic freezer safe containers. For this method, you want to choose ripe, firm tomatoes, in your favorite variety. Then you want to clean the tomatoes thoroughly and leave them whole. Bring about 8 quarts of water to a rolling boil, then carefully lower the whole tomatoes into the boiling water. For the full freezing food preservation of tomatoes, you will want to take a look at the site.

There are many benefits and tomato nutrition to be had from consuming tomatoes. Tomatoes have a wealth of nutrients and vitamins, to include an impressive amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, along with vitamin K, and significant amounts of vitamin B6, thiamine and folate. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and copper. Tomatoes also have protein and dietary fiber, along with a number of organic compounds such as lycopene which also contributes to the overall health benefits that tomatoes offer. Tomatoes are an abundant source of antioxidants. Tomatoes contain a large amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is highly effective in collecting cancer causing free radicals. This benefit can even be obtained tomatoes that are heat-processed tomato such as in products like ketchup. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and tomato nutrition. A single tomato can provide about 40 percent of the daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is also a natural antioxidant which helps to prevent against cancer-causing free radicals from damaging the body’s systems. Tomatoes also contain plenty of vitamin A and potassium, along with iron.

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