A couple of weeks ago we were given tomatoes by two of our friends who grow their own fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes straight from the vine smell and taste so good. So for a Winter treat I thought that I would try preserve tomatoes. Having never preserved tomatoes before I was a little apprehensive, but I can honestly say that it was quick, easy, no problem at all. So if you grow you own tomatoes or get then fresh from a farmers market buy 2kg and try it out. The taste is fabulous, much better than tinned tomatoes.
Makes 6 Jars
Time: 45 minutes, plus sterilising and cooling.
You will need:- 6 clean glass jars with lids and about 2kg of ripe tomatoes. Plus a little drizzle of olive oil.
1. Wash the tomatoes, then remove the stalks. Depending on the size of the jars, either halve or quarter the tomatoes.
2. Then start to fill the jars, intermittently adding a leaf of fresh basil. Pressing the tomatoes down with the back of a wooden spoon so that they are tightly packed.
The bulk of the preserved tomatoes were made using the above method but I also made a few the jars with slices of fresh chilli for Paul.
3. Now, make extra sure that the jars are full and packed tightly so that there are no air gaps, add a drizzle of olive oil on top. Then seal each jar tightly.
4. Submerge each jar in a large pan of gently boiling water. Then boil for about thirty minutes. To slightly cook the tomatoes and sterilise the jars.
5. Turn the heat off and leave to cool overnight in the pan of water.
These should keep for about three or four months in a cool, dark place. Once opened, keep them in the fridge and use within a week.
Trust me once you have tasted the tomatoes, they will not last for very long.
The taste of Summer for the Winter months, if you can store them that long.
They can be used in sauces, stew, casserole, chilli, pasta dishes etc.
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