Summer Tomatoes

Summer means tomatoes. In everything! The other day I decided to make a sort of “sauce” to freeze so I can have summer tomatoes all year round. What I was looking to capture was that really tomato flavored essence that hot house tomatoes that you get during the winter just don’t really have. So all I did was blanch, skin and de-seed some tomatoes and cook them down with olive oil. A teeny bit of salt and some basil – that was it.  Into the freezer it went. I hope it makes for the base of a delightful sauce sometime in November.

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Another way I tried to freeze a bit of summer was to toss a batch of pesto trapanese in the freezer.  Basically cherry tomatoes, toasted blanched almonds, good extra virgin olive oil, basil and garlic go into the food processor. I plan to take it out on a chilly night cook some spaghetti add some more olive oil and pecorino for a quick dinner reminiscent of a balmy summer evening. Hopefully it freezes well.  It should look something like this.
 

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Any other ideas for good ways to freeze summer tomatoes (or any other vegetables for that matter)?

And finally I leave you with some tomato porn. I saw these beauties in a market in Florence last year.

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