Tomatoes from this summer, frozen and thawing out.

Tomatoes from this summer, frozen and thawing out.

When my tomatoes started to finally ripen this summer, I was overwhelmed! There was no way I could eat that many tomatoes and I had given away as many as I could. I wasn’t able to can them at the time so I put them in freezer bags and froze them. It worked out perfectly! I had four gallon size bags of tomatoes in my freezer and I pulled out two of them to make tomato sauce to put in spaghetti sauce. Keep in mind that once they thaw, they will be very watery and mushy but since we are making sauce, that is OK.

I first put the tomatoes on a baking sheet to thaw at room temperature. It took them about 4 to 5 hours to thaw out completely. The skins slipped right off when they were thawed so there was no need to put them in boiling water and an ice bath to get the skins off.

Thawed tomatoes

Thawed tomatoes

Skins peeled right off!

Skins peeled right off!

I then chopped them up and removed as many of the seeds as I could and put them on the stove to simmer for about 45 minutes. I didn’t add any water to the tomatoes and let them cook in their own juice. Finally I put them in the blender to make the sauce.

Cooking on the stove

Cooking on the stove

 

It was the easiest way to deal with all the tomatoes that I had this summer and now I have tomato sauce from my garden to use in my spaghetti sauce!

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