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Old 09-04-2009, 01:53 PM
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Does anyone have ideas on how to preserve grape tomatoes? I planted just one plant hoping to have some for various salads during the summer, but it has just gone beserk! Last week I picked 3.5 pounds of grape tomatoes at one time! I have already frozen a bunch whole to have in pasta dishes later, but am looking for other ideas.

Sun-dried? chopping as is and canning?

It seems that you could do just about anything with them that you could with Romas since they are fairly "meaty", but it seems that blanching and slipping skins could be time-consuming considering their size.

Any thoughts or experience?
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:57 PM
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I'm curious too. We have TONS of red cherry and yellow pear. I have a food dehydrator. Maybe I'll give that a shot.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:03 PM
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Let me know how it goes... I don't have a dehydrator, but I have seen that you can do it in the oven with Romas... I just can't remember if they will have to be peeled first or not. And then do you have to store them in oil? or just in a dry place? And I wonder do they shrink too much? I guess it would help if I had actually ever seen sun-dried tomatoes that you can purchase.
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:10 PM
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I don't know the answer to any of those questions but at the rate these things are coming on I'll have to find out soon! LOL
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:17 PM
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We had a ton last year too. It was to much work to skin, etc. I had heard about freezing them, so gave it a try. Just freeze them on a cookie sheet until they are hard, and then put in a freezer bag. When you are ready to use them, run them under hot water and the skin comes right off. Then I would just throw them in stew, soup, whatever. They were really easy!
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I hear you...my tomatoes reseeded themselves from last year (and having morning sickness all summer I was too lazy to pull them....) plus I planted some. The grape, cherry, and pear tomatoes seem to make me feel sick so I haven't been eating them. I hate to see them go to waste...
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:29 PM
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my tomatoes reseeded themselves from last year
Ours too! We have a tomato jungle! The ones we planted on purpose are 6 feet tall. Oy!
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:44 PM
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I was thinking about trying to make sun-dried tomatoes this year. Here's some detailed instructions that say the ones you buy in the store have the skins still on them, and to add the flavored oil when you're about ready to eat them.


http://www.pickyourown.org/tomatoes_sun_dried.htm
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:47 PM
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I tried making my own sun dried tomatoes last year. I tried marinating them in Italian dressing, so I could eat them on a sandwich. They tasted gross. I made pasta and added them and they tasted fine. They weren't good enough to make again this year. I've just been giving away all my extra cherry tomatoes this year instead. Hopefully your sundried tomatoes taste much better than mine.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:59 PM
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Maybe tomato sauce would be a better option?

Here's Utah's instructions for that:
http://utah4h.org/files/publications...b__7347049.pdf


but I like these instructions better:
http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/blog/c...d-tomato-sauce
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