Ever have the lovely problem of having too many tomatoes?
About a month ago I was at the Flemington Markets in Sydney and I bought a 10kg box of beautiful Roma tomatoes for $15! What a bargain I just could not pass up. :)
Tomatoes officially are a fruit although often mistaken for as a vegetable! They are a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C and high in potassium. I have also read that tomatoes are an excellent aid to weight loss – mmm perhaps I should have bought two boxes – they could counteract all the chocolate I love to eat!! ☺
So how did I use 10kg of tomatoes? – well I made passata, salsa, tomato jam, tomato sauce, pizza sauce and tomato paste. Needless to say my freezer is now bulging!
I had a couple of kilo left that needed to have something done with them. So I washed and halved the tomatoes and put them in the TM bowl and chopped 10 sec / speed 8. I then poured the pureed tomatoes into containers that hold 400g. I then froze the containers and use when a recipe calls for a tin of tomatoes.
An interesting fact too, do you know that if you blitz your tomatoes up too fast, they turn an orange colour instead of deep red? So if you would prefer to keep the natural colour I suggest you use speed 4. I personally go for speed 8 as my kids aren’t huge tomato fans so they aren’t keen on large tomato bits in their spaghetti bolognaise! Also once you add the pureed tomato in say a mince dish the colour of the tomato is not at all noticeable!
You may find that the when cooking the tomato it may stain your TM lid – this will fade over time – until you go to make your next batch! ☺ Or you can put the lid in the sunlight and this will help the stain fade too.
Any tomato that may have splashed on to the actual Thermomix unit I suggest you wipe off with a soft cloth as soon as you notice it. To clean in the gap in the Thermomix where the lid fits in, use the edge of a cloth and move the damp cloth back and forth between the gap.
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Very useful information and I'm looking forward to some serious tomato stocking soon. Thank you. Susan