Tomato Time!

There’s nothing better than fresh tomatoes, straight from the garden. We’ve already had buckets and buckets of them, and we’ve enjoyed our fair share of delicious salads and Bacon-Lettuce-and Tomato sandwiches this season. But, let’s face it…how many BLT’s can one person eat? Even after sharing with friends, we’ve already had to start storing tomatoes away for the year. 

One of our favorite ways, besides canning, to use all those extra tomatoes is to “cook them down” and freeze them. Before doing this, we like to remove the skin and sometimes the seeds. This is very simple and can be done in half the time it takes to can tomatoes.   

 Follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove the stem and the green/yellow surrounding the stem.
  2. Drop tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 2 to 10 minutes until the skin starts to loosen. 
  3. Drain water in colander and carefully drop tomatoes into an ice water bath. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Gently remove the skin and, if desired, squeeze to remove seeds.
  5. Place skinned tomatoes directly in a pot with no water. Cook them down for 30 minutes to an hour on medium heat.   
  6. Stir, mash, season, and use in your favorites recipes. Or freeze until needed. 

We hope you have time to enjoy a delicious BLT today and that you’re able to store your tomatoes for a year’s worth of garden-fresh delicacies. Look for Valley House Farm tomatoes, eggs, and fresh garden produce at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday.


About Julie Cantrell

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Cantrell has been a freelance writer for more than a decade and has contributed to more than a dozen books. Julie and her family live in Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm. Her debut novel, Into the Free, hit shelves February 2012 (David C Cook) becoming an award-winning NY Times and USA TODAY bestseller. The award-winning sequel, When Mountains Move released September 2013 (David C Cook). Her third novel. The Feathered Bone, hits shelves Nov. 5, 2015 (Harper Collins Christian). She is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary and blogs with 10 female southern authors at
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One Response to Tomato Time!

  1. Yummy BLT… reminds me of my childhood! Valley House Farm sounds and looks like a fun place… I know your two are enjoying life on the farm! Keep posting, enjoy seeing all you do!

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