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A quick and easy way to make your own “canned” tomatoes, while avoiding the BPA toxins of canned goods.
Note: This makes the same amount as a 15-ounce can.
Bring a high-sided sauté pan or skillet of water to boil. Add the tomatoes and let boil for 1 minute. Drain the water and drop the tomatoes in a bowl of ice water.
Once the tomatoes have cooled to touch, place them on a cutting board and pull their skin off (it should peel off very easily). Cut the tomatoes in half and remove their core. Dice to preferred size.
In the same pan, add the diced tomatoes and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Do whatever the heck you need to do with them!
Cool tip: if you need crushed instead of diced, you can cut the tomatoes in half and place the cut side on a grater. Grate down to the skin and you are left with peeled, crushed tomatoes! No boiling = 1 less step!
If you are lucky enough to live where the cherries are aplenty I advise you to print out this Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam recipe and tape it somewhere that you will not forget about it when the cherries come into season! Or you can use frozen cherries like I did.
This recipe was made using the new Ball Jam & Jelly Maker but you can make it the traditional way also.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!