Of course, as you can imagine I just had to bring one of those big boxes home. Jumping in and turning 10 kilos or so into passata, I left the remaining tomatoes in a couple of bowls on the bench with designs in mind to bottle them whole.
Hubby took a liking to them though. Quite a liking!
Every time I turned around he was chopping and slicing those romas into something new and delicious with mutterings about how good they were!
If I wasn't going to be quick, there weren't going to be any tomatoes left to bottle, and my inaugural whole tomato bottling experiment would be shot to pieces!
It was ok, there were still a few kilos left to play with...
After coring and scoring an 'x' in the base of each tomato, they were blanched for around 30 seconds in simmering water, then refreshed in cold water to halt the cooking process...
..after which time the skins slipped off without incident.
It's very satisfying work peeling tomatoes, especially when the skins slide off this easily! Very satisfying!
Keeping a similar technique to my previous bottled fruit sessions, the peeled, whole tomatoes were
Rings, lids and clips were positioned and they were then processed in the large water bath sterilising unit. Actually, to be honest, as there were a dozen jars and they wouldn't all fit in one, I had two units going at the same time...don't you just love coming across old Fowlers kits in opp shops?!
Curious to try them out, not having bottled whole tomatoes before, I cooked up a jar of them for some pasta sauce this week...
What pleased me most was that the tomatoes held their shape in the jars and were just like the bought variety...only 100 times better because they were locally grown, processed in our kitchen and weren't stored in suspicious, chemically lined tins!
After witnessing hubby's devastation as he returned home one night to find 'his' romas all bottled, I'm very keen to go back to this favourite fruit shop of mine and see if they have any more BIG boxes of tomatoey offerings....
I think I could be up for another tomato peeling session!