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  • How do you cook with fresh tomatoes?

    I've been thinking I should eliminated canned tomatoes. I use lots of fresh raw tomatoes, but I'm not sure how to cook with them. I've always used canned. Do you just cut the tomatoes up and throw them in soup or a stew? Should you do something to prepare them first? Do you need to peel them? If you cook with fresh tomatoes, what do YOU do? Thanks for any suggestions!
    Ruth

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  • #2
    I cut them up and throw them in....
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    • #3
      Cut them up and add them to the dish. Will take a little longer to pulp but that is the only effect. I prefer the taste of fresh over canned.

      Peeling is optional. Two ways to peel: with a sharp paring knife if the tomato is not too ripe; or dip in boiling water for a few seconds then pull off the skin
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      • #4
        Treat them like canned, but more delicious. I eat loads of tomatoes in season now. Also, a salad of just ripe local tomatoes, bit of cheese, olive oil and vinegar is awesome.
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        • #5
          I put them on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 or 15 minutes. Then peel them (after they cool a bit), toss them in the blender with jalapeño, onion, and garlic and blend into salsa. Pour over taco salad, chicken, and of course eggs!!

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          • #6
            I just chop them up and throw them in the pan! They cook just fine . If you want to peel them, the boiling water trick is what I use, but make sure you cut an X at the end of the tomato, so you get some easy to peel bits of skin!

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            • #7
              I like 'tomates à la provençale' (Provencal tomatoes), works well with meat or fish.
              Cut the tomatoes in halves, place them in a baking dish with a just a little water.
              Pour a bit of olive oil on them, add some garlic (powder or pressed), salt, pepper, herbs (chives, oregano, parsley...) and also parmesan cheese (to replace breadcrumbs) if you like but it's not necessary.
              Bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F for +/-30 minutes.
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              • #8
                A little cheat for slipping tomato skins without hot fingers...
                Pop them in the freezer overnight.
                When they thaw their skins slip exactly like they have been blanched, but it's less work.
                And no burnt fingers (if you are me).

                We used to do this when doing huge batches in the summers when we canned and put by until we turned blue.
                Having one less pot boiling was a blessing.

                Now I use this trick to collect any salad tomatoes that are starting to get just too soft for salad, but still are not bad.
                Into a big freezer bag they go until I have a big batch to thaw, peel, and cook.
                Romas are world WORLDS better... but hey... it's frugal.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                  Now I use this trick to collect any salad tomatoes that are starting to get just too soft for salad, but still are not bad.
                  Into a big freezer bag they go until I have a big batch to thaw, peel, and cook.
                  Romas are world WORLDS better... but hey... it's frugal.
                  Fabulous idea! Freezer space is valuable real estate but I will be using this one! Thanks!
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                  • #10
                    This thread is making me want to eat "tomato mush" again. Tomato mush is chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, some garlic, and a chunk of butter stewed up for awhile. Then some cooked bacon is added to the tomato mush, and most of the water is cooked away. NOM NOM.

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                    • #11
                      Wow! What great ideas! Thanks so much! I was away from my computer yesterday and couldn't get around to this thread until today. Okay! I'll be using fresh tomatoes whenever possible! The freezer trick sounds wonderful. I'm definitely going to try the tomato mush recipe too! The Tomato a la Provencale recipe sounds great too! Thanks again to everyone!
                      Ruth

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the freezer tip ~ will be using it from now on! I love fresh tomatoes added to stews/soups and we're just getting into the season!

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                        • #13
                          Like most of the others I just chop and add in the same amount as canned. I also freeze tomatoes to use for later. If they are starting to be a little less than desirable for raw eating I cut them up (or leave them whole if they are cherry tomatoes or I am lazy) and put them in a bag. I just weigh out how much I need frozen and toss them in that way.

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                          • #14
                            I like roasting my tomatoes before using them in dishes, if they are store bought. It brings out the sweetness more. Plus the skin peels.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Leida View Post
                              I like roasting my tomatoes before using them in dishes, if they are store bought. It brings out the sweetness more. Plus the skin peels.
                              Instructions please!

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