Happy Freezer Food Friday!
Today I have a tasty recipe for those tomatoes you are growing in your garden ( or make it when there is an abundance of them in the stores ).
Please share your recipe below and let me know what you are freezing for future use or what you would like to try to freeze.
6 pounds plum tomatoes
3 medium onions, chopped (1-1/2 cups)
1 stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 fresh red cayenne chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped (1/2 teaspoon) or 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
1 to 2 tablespoons snipped fresh thyme or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
In a large kettle bring 4 inches of water to boiling. Immerse tomatoes, a few at a time, in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain in a colander; peel, seed, and chop tomatoes. (You should have 10 cups.)
In the same kettle cook onion, celery, and garlic in hot oil about 5 minutes or until tender. Add chopped tomatoes, sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, if desired. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in oregano and thyme. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes more. Cool slightly.
In a food processor bowl process sauce, one fourth at a time, to desired texture. (Or, put sauce through a food mill.) Place sauce in a bowl set in ice water to cool quickly. Fill 3 or 4 freezer containers; seal tightly, label, and freeze up to 6 months.
To thaw one portion, remove from freezer container and place in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. (Or, in a 1-quart microwave-safe casserole cook on 100% power (high) for 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally.) Serve hot sauce over pasta. Makes 3 or 4 pints (about nine 3/4-cup servings).