Friday, August 3, 2012

Farm Friday

This year we've had lots of tomatoes and cantaloupe on the farm.  Although I try to live sustainably and preserve some of our harvest for use over the winter, doing so is sometimes labor intensive and I really don't like doing it.  I'm always on the lookout for easy methods.  Here are two of my favorites:

Cantaloupes and tomatoes freeze well.  For cantaloupes, wash, cut open the melon, clean out the seeds, then scoop up the flesh in a melon baller or teaspoon.  Drop on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze.  Once frozen, put into plastic freezer bags or other containers in the freezer for a delicious frozen treat.  For tomatoes, wash them and remove the stem area.  Freeze on a cookie sheet, then place in quart-sized plastic freezer bags or other containers in the freezer.  When a recipe calls for tomatoes, remove from the freezer and thaw.  The skin will slide right off.

How easy is that!


Shona~ LALA dex press said...

On "The Splended Table" (pardon me while I take a moment to drool at the thought of that radio show...) it was suggested to cut up tomatoes & freeze them in olive oil to retain their flavor and prevent them from getting too watery. I started doing this last year (just enough olive oil to coat, not cover), freezing them in small glass containers which are a good amount for soups or sauces. Unfortunately my tomato plants are suffering this year and I'm barely getting enough for day-to-day meals. said...

Knew about tomatoes but not about cantaloupe- thanks! (Although melons are a bit harder here)

Cherie said...

Shona, thanks for the suggestion. Would help do away with some of the plastic. I think tomatoes everywhere are suffering. I've heard a lot of people have what's called late blight. Our plants are rapidly dying off.

Ecogrrl, you might want to try Shona's^ suggestion, as well.