How can I freeze my tomatoes for the winter!

Here is an alternative to canning your tomatoes that I use every summer so I can enjoy my tomatoes throughout those chilly months with a host of recipes.

Ingredients 

10 Large Tomatoes- Cored and halved (horizontally)

1 Head of Garlic- Finely chopped Cloves

I Small Bunch of Basil- Stems removed and coarsely chopped 

1/2 Cup- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt to taste

Sheet Pan

Large Sealed Zip Lock Bag

Straw

Recipe

Preheat oven to 250 Degrees

Coat sheet pan with Olive Oil

Place Tomato Half’s (face Down) on the sheet pan

Generously Sprinkle Garlic over the entire pan

Add Chopped Basil 

Drizzle Olive Oil over the Entire contents and sprinkle with salt.

Slow Bake in the oven for 3 hours (rotating the tomato pan every hour)

Tomatoes should be soft to the touch

Remove and cool

Transfer the mixture to the zip lock bag

Insert a straw in the corner of the bag and seal (keep the straw exposed)

Suck out the air from the bag by continually breathing in and releasing air.

Cover the straw top each time to prevent air from reentering the bag.

Continue this process until all air is removed and the tomato mixture lays flat on the tray,

Place the zip lock bag in the freezer and store.