Looking for a way to use those small cherry tomatoes or the medium sized tomatoes that just aren't big enough to bother slipping their skins off to can as stewed tomatoes? Wow, that was a long sentence. Well, I've got just the recipe for you.
I use this recipe with a few changes here and there. Don't act shocked, you know I can't keep my hands off a recipe. I do promise you that the changes are improvements and that this recipe, if modified in ways I will soon reveal, will become one of your favorites too. My daughters think it makes the most wonderful addition to home made chili. Curious yet, read on.
Let's head out to the garden and pick those ripe little tomatoes and begin cooking.
Some of you will be glad to know I've skipped the cooking of the whole medium to large tomatoes in hot water just until the skins slip off stage. For me time is of essence so I just put my small to medium or even large tomaotes in the blender with the skins on, of course minus the hard little top piece where the tomato attaches to the vine. Be sure and push the button to chop only after you've the lid on tight because a red ceiling is not what were after here.
10 quarts of tomatoes is what the recipe calls for but I have a tendency not to measure the tomatoes and the following ingredients when I shrink the recipe way down. Exactness is not one of my strong points. Sh... don't tell the County Extension agent. They get all huffy about such things.
For you special folks, I'm going to try and keep these instructions clear, though they might end up clear as mud, by giving the process and not the proportions first. The actual amounts will come at the end.
If your tomatoes are all blended then this next stage is where the V-8 type vegetable juice and the tomato soup recipe change a bit, though you can certainly make the V-8 type juice and use it as tomato soup. Confused yet?
Continue on anyway, maybe this will help. Next, put your blended tomatoes in this thing-a-ma-jingy. Sorry, I don't know it's proper name, and move the wooden block around and round. The skins and seeds will be left in the cone frame and the juice will go into the bowl. Be sure and give the seeds and skins to the chickens or put them into your mulch pile for the garden.
Then take a cup of this juice and put it back into the blender along with celery, onions, and bell peppers. That's so when you push the chop button, the vegetables won't get stalled in chunks encircling the blades.