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Crushed Tomatoes

Recently we have been getting a lot of tomatoes in our Bountiful Baskets, but we don’t typically eat a lot of raw tomatoes.  So, I decided to make my own crushed tomatoes with them.  This is the second time I’ve done this with the tomatoes and it’s worked out really well.

Tomatoes (I used 7 large tomatoes to make 4 cups of crushed tomatoes)
Italian Seasoning (1 Tablespoon for the 7 tomatoes) – optional

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Have a large bowl of ice water next to the stove.  Cut a small X on the bottom of the tomatoes and cut off the hard spot on the top where the stem was.  Place the tomatoes in the boiling water until the skin starts to separate, about 30 seconds.  Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and place in the ice water.  Peel the tomatoes.  The skin will just fall off.

Empty the large pot and place it back on the stove over medium heat.  Put the peeled tomatoes in the empty pot and crush with a potato masher.  Add the Italian seasonings.  Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Use right away, freeze in zip top bags or can the crushed tomatoes.