Homemade Stewed Tomatoes

My family eats a ton of tomato dishes and I decided years ago that I would develop my own recipes, as to keep them organic and healthy.  We are now completely spoiled and we can detect a bottled spaghetti sauce from miles away.  My oldest doesn't eat sauces (she is weird, duh) but my youngest will eat anything smothered in tomato sauce! Anything!

Here is my Stewed Tomato base that I make and add to numerous things. Spaghetti sauce, chili, Chicken Stew and anything requiring tomatoes. It's super simple, healthy and has NO added crap!

Start with fresh, rinsed tomatoes.  I planted several different types this year in my garden.  (The failed, sad garden..) I just use whatever tomato that I have on hand.  I also mix them, no need to keep certain types together. 

Boil a large pot of water.  Make sure the water is to a rolling boil.  Score (X) the bottom of each tomato.  Remove the stem of course.  Gently drop into the boiling water.  Boil for 3-4 minutes or until the skin begins to pull back a little.  

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Remove and immediately submerge in an ice water bath.  Allow them to cool in the water. 

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Once cooled, peel the skin off and VOILA!  You're done.  Kinda.  I cut them some at this point because I don't care for big chunks in recipes.  I then place them in mason jars and freeze.  Be careful not to fill the jars completely or they will pop their top when they freeze.  I always freeze mine immediately unless I plan to use a batch the same day.  

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So simple and yummy!  I don't add any seasonings at this point.  I just wait and season in whatever dish I am making.  Maybe one day I will share my super secret spaghetti sauce recipe!

Enjoy!

Love, Molly