Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Processing #tomatoes

Per usual Travis has a lot going on in the garden.

Things we grew:

  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Popcorn
  • Different Types of Dried Beans
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • A few Types Peppers
  • Strawberries

...and more

He plants it, and for the most part I process it. 

We have a system with tomatoes:

  1. We bake egg shells, grind them in a coffee grinder to sprinkle on the ground, where the tomatoes grow. They love the calcium! 

  2. I have 3 windows where tomatoes go. 1 is for green and yellow ones, another is for orange ones, and the last is for almost ready ones. Once the almost ready ones are ready it's time to move on to the next step.

  3. I slice the tomatoes in a cross formation. That makes them easier to peel. It feels a bit odd, like I'm sacrificing something. Ha! I find that ceramic knives work so well to do this. They are sharper. I don't want to cut into the tomato, just the peeling.

  4. I boil a big pot of water, to put the tomatoes in for 2 minutes. 

  5. Then it's time for the tomatoes to move to an ice bath. They sit in there, for a minute or two.

  6. They peel so easily!

  7. After they are all peeled, and the peeling has moved into the compost pile I cut them, and deseed them. Anyone with allergies should deseed tomatoes. The seeds are what many are allergic to. You wouldn't even know that you're allergic to them. You just get common allergies all the more, with ingesting the seeds. 

  8. It's time to cut them, and put them in a silicone reusable bag, or ZipLoc bag. 

  9. There is a ton of tomato juice. Travis used to dispose of it. One year I was like, "Let's keep it!" I have to say that I'm glad we started doing that! I use the cubes for soups, and any dish that requires chicken or beef broth. It adds flavor!

About TigexPro Silicon Ice Cube Trays:

You can get them on Amazon: 

Cost: $11.99 

Included: A red and black silicone deep ice cube tray, with lids. 

What Else the TigexPro Silicon Ice Cube Trays Can Be Used for:

  • Homemade Baby Food
  • Frozen Fruits for Smoothies
  • Frozen Veggies for Soups
  • Ice
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • These are deep enough, where dried snacks could go in each one, for little kids
Popping Out the Cubes:

They easily pop out if you run the bottom of the tray under warm, or hot water in the sink. They do have lids to prevent anything from getting freezer burned + to cover the cubes, so they don't fall in the sink + to pop out the cubes. 

I pop them out, once they are frozen, and store them in a big ZipLoc bag or reusable silicone bag. Then use them when I need them.  

What would you use silicone ice cube trays for?

Disclaimer: I got the silicone ice cube trays, for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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