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Bad timing for FREE Roma Tomatoes
August 28, 2013
9:05 am
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eringale
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I have found a source for some FREE Roma Tomatoes. I got my first delivery yesterday and they are very nice. If this works out I will be getting about a half bushel every week for a few weeks. The problem is that I work a compressed work week, and after working 10 or 11 hours the last thing I want to do is fiddle with canning. But, I also don’t want the box of tomatoes sitting around going bad waiting on my days off. I recruited my mom to come help me with this first batch, and we are just going to can them whole for future use in chili this winter. But I really would like to make some sauce as well. My question is, can i just wash them and put them through the squeezo, then put that in the fridge for 3 days until I can get around to cooking it down into sauce?

August 28, 2013
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Ah, the crisis of having too much of something!  What a fun (and wonderful) problem to have.

Quick answer is yes, a few days is fine,  But another option is to measure out batches into freezer containers then sticking temporarily into the freezer for processing later.  Gives you whatever time you need to deal with it all. 

Yes, I learned the hard way to label bags and other containers with the volume of the contents.  Then all I had to do was dump the contents into a pan to finishing the process at my leisure.

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August 28, 2013
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Or, you can wash them, core them, and freeze them whole to process later.  The skins will mostly slip off as they just barely begin to thaw as well, though success with that varies with different types of tomatoes, and also, I think, from year to year due to growing conditions… but I’ve had people disagree with me on that, so that bit is really just my opinion.

Sounds like you’ve got a great source!  Gotta love that!

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September 3, 2013
3:44 pm
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Wow, you are the lucky free Roma receiver!  I planted close to 30 tomato plants in my garden this year, told my friends and family I only wanted Roma, I got lots of “just as good as” and now that I’m harvesting I’d say I probably only have 4 real Roma’s….nothing is as good as a Roma for canning or for de-seeding which is my main interest.  I got 8 quarts, so that’s better than none, and told my family and friends they could come harvest the rest.

September 3, 2013
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Amish Paste are another type which is excellent.  They are a roma type, same shape and very good for canning whole, and sauce/puree canning. 

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