One of my favorite things to make with our garden tomatoes is pizza sauce. Ideally I would love to make big batches to last us all winter but if your tomatoes are like mine, you harvest them throughout late summer and into fall. There are many way to process tomatoes for storage but when I discovered that I could roast them in the oven which was a game-changer for me. I could roast the tomatoes in whatever size batch that was currently ripe and since they started to cook down it also took up less space in the freezer.
What I love about the recipe below is that it is very versatile depending on what you are planning on making with them.. If I know that I am going to be making pizza sauce then I use olive oil on the pan and sometimes add some garlic or Italian Seasoning. But if I am not sure I will use a more neutral oil and skip seasoning.
Oven Roasted TomatoesCourse: UncategorizedDifficulty: Easy
2 Tbsp Oil per pan (the type of oil can change depending on what you are making with the tomatoes)
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning per tray (optional)
- Supplies Needed:
Jelly roll pan
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- While the oven is warming up add 2T of oil to the jelly roll pan.
- Slice off the top end of the tomato and slice the tomatoes in half length wise.
- Take half of a tomato and use it to spread the oil around the jelly roll pan. This is also the point if you are planning on using Italian Season to sprinkle that on the tray.
- Place all of your tomato cut side down on the jelly roll plan.
- Bake them in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes until the skins start to brown.
- Once the tomatoes have cooled, pull and discard the tomato skins.
- You done! Start using them to create a sauce or store them in the freezer for later.
- How to store them? You can store them in the fridge for a few days if you plan to use them right away. Otherwise, I have found that freezing them worked the best for long term storage. I start by storing them in a big prep container and once it is full I will defrost and transfer them to a vacuum-sealed bag. Getting a vacuum sealer was a game-changer for our family.
- What kind of tomatoes to use? You can really roast any tomatoes but you will just want to adjust the time based on the size of tomatoes and how hot your oven runs.