Tomatoes may not seem important to many but is one of the major ingredients in any Nigerian home when making stew.
Lately a lot of farmers had to dispose of their harvest due to rot as there are little or no storage facilities to adequately keep these produce as fresh as they were before they were harvested but with the Easter celebrations and the Ramadan fast coming up, it’s very likely that the market price would increase exponentially so for a household running on a strict budget, the best time to purchase as much as possible is now.
The main challenge after purchasing remains how to preserve the tomatoes for as long as it is needed. At the moment, Refrigeration still remains the best way to keep them fresh and plum but in a country like ours where electricity supply is very unpredictable, that might prove a bit difficult so here is a way to preserve those tomatoes till you need them without electricity.
- Firstly, Wash tomatoes and blend it till it becomes a paste. You can also add pepper and onions to it before blending as desired.
Next, Pour the blended tomato in a pot and boil till very dry, (try not to let it burn).
Allow it to cool before you scoop it into glass jars till it’s full and add a little layer of cooking oil on top. Remember to leave at least an inch to the brim.
Seal the jars properly & tightly with the cap then place in a pot of water till it is completely submerged and boil for about 10-15 minutes.
Bring jars out of the water and allow to cool completely.
Store in a cool, dark place like a cupboard away from light.
It is important to note that care must be taken while following these steps to avoid it getting spoilt while in storage. Before use, check for bubbles as this would indicate that the process of storing it was compromised.