Emptying out the freezer can bring you good things you didn’t expect or knew you had…

I have time right now to give you an update on what happened with the frozen tomatoes and the salsa experiment. So awhile ago I talked about emptying out the freezer of all the produce from last year. I try to get it empty so I can start over with all fresh items in 2014. So I found that we had lots of bags of frozen whole tomatoes. I remember the weather was really hot and we were both busy in the office at that time. So when our favorite farmer came along with huge crates of tomatoes we both just looked at each other . Both being overwhelmed beyond extreme we just threw the tomatoes into freezer bags and called it a day.So that is how we ended up with all of these bags of frozen tomatoes. Moving forward to 2014 When we found out that our canned stash of ho-made salsa was gone we were glad to have a supply of tomatoes and gave this recipe idea a try When you need to use them just run them under cold water and the skins slip off easily. Then if you set them aside for a few minutes they are easy to cut into your desired size. Don’t let them thaw all the way as then chopping them will not work. t. So I experimented with the frozen tomatoes with great success. This is not as good as the fresh variety we eat when the tomatoes are in season but it still is really great and our friends we shared it with thought so too. 

Frozen tomato salsa
Even though the tomatoes are frozen this recipe is almost as good as fresh. It even saves time because when the tomatoes thaw they release their water,then all you have to do is drain off the water and add your fresh ingredients
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Ingredients
  1. 10 frozen tomatoes
  2. 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
  3. juice of a lime
  4. a whole head of garlic minced
  5. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
  7. salt to taste
  8. chopped jalapenos
  9. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. rinse frozen tomatoes under cold or lukewarm water to remove skins. Set aside to soften. Prepare the rest of the salsa ingredients in a bowl and store in refrigerator. When the tomatoes have softened (about a half hour) dice and remove the core of the tomatoes. Store in a large bowl in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning drain off the tomato liquid. Using a hand blender or regular blender process some of the tomatoes to make a smooth texture leaving over half the tomatoes chunky. Add rest of ingredients and stir. Taste to adjust seasonings.
Notes
  1. green and red peppers chopped would be a nice addition. Honey will work to replace sugar
  2. When chopping peppers always wear gloves. Leave in the seeds and ribs of the peppers if you want a hotter salsa. Always remember you can't remove the heat after it is added,but you can always add more heat. If you like a more store bought type of salsa add some tomato paste to the chopped and pureed tomatoes then add the rest of your ingredients..
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