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By Kathleen Guagliano on August 1, 2010

The season of abundance is upon us. All of a sudden you have tomatoes coming out of your ears and are just wondering what to do with them. Canning them whole takes a little time, but is so worth the effort! Put them in your pantry and enjoy them anytime, but especially when tasty tomatoes are hard to come by! No tinny taste and no preservatives!

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Imagestormyla
Aug 1, 2010 2:35 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wow, Kat, this whole page is so visually pleasing and mouthwatering. I say that after having just eaten a fresh tomato, basil and provolone sandwich on mulitgrain sourdough. Big Grin

I've been wondering the best way to get a really good supply of canned tomatoes since reading so much about the whole Bisphenol-A danger of tomatoes stored in metal cans with plastic liners. All of the medical experts say to buy only tomato products packed in cardboard or glass. Try finding that in local markets, except for Pomi boxes. With this method, I could use the various sizes of jars

I use a ton of canned tomatoes as I make at least 2 pots of soup weekly and also use many in saute dishes and oven baked dishes. This is a great way to do it. I've been freezing them both whole and chopped. But, they can get freezer burnt.

Maybe I'll give this a shot later in the month. Thumbs up
ImageKatg
Aug 1, 2010 4:59 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Stormy: I wish I had of made a lot more. It's been a while since I canned tomatoes as usually they're not that great here in Fla.. These were good tomatoes and I'm so looking forward to a U-pick farm when they're ready again in December (crossing fingers that we don't have another freeze).

I love tomatoes too and use a lot in my cooking. I buy the Pomi brand also and find them to be one of the better tasting, Still like the San Marzano's though and they only come in a tin.

I've frozen them in the past. Very easy, but It's just not the same. I love opening that jar and getting that first whif of REAL tomatoes! The texture is better too.

Hope you try them!
Imagestormyla
Aug 1, 2010 5:54 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks Kat! You'll be the first to know! Smiling
Imageconifers
Aug 6, 2010 2:38 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Iowa, zone 5a
Just curious, can you use vinegar in place of the lemon juice?

Our tomato crop in Iowa has been terrible, June was the most wet month on record. July was in the top 4 I believe and August also started out mushy. Many veggies are not happy including the tomatos Thumbs down

However, I'm still hopeful that our CSA lady will have an abundance of tomatoes come September.
Elizabeth

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