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There is no such thing as too many tomatoes!

By Andee Zeigler, September 4, 2021

We are steadily moving towards fall and harvest season, this is always a busy time in the garden and in the kitchen.  Hustling to preserve all of the fruits and vegetables before powdery mildew creeps in or that first night time frost takes it all.  This year we planted 40 tomato plants with the hope of having enough preserved for the winter.  So, what can you do with this many tomatoes if canning isn’t your thing? Oven slow roast/dry them and freeze them! Besides eating them fresh, this is hands down my favorite way to consume tomatoes and once they have been slow roasted they are basically candy!

We grew roma and pinky cherry tomatoes and process them the same way.  Harvest just before they are ripe to avoid splitting, remove the stems, wash them and slice them in half.  Some people recommend removing the seeds and flesh from the inside but I leave it and they are equally delicious.  Once they are sliced in half, toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper and if you like a little spice sprinkle with calabrian chili powder.  Lay them cut side up on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Roast at 200 for 8-12 hours, set a timer to check on them every 30 min once you have reached 8 hours, they go from almost done to burnt very quickly.  Remove them from the pan and let cool. Store them in the freezer and pull out a handful for a snack, to chop and add to pasta or soup or to sprinkle in a salad.

Absolutely worth the effort!

Andee Zeigler

Principal Broker | OR


I have called Portland home for over 20 years and can’t imagine raising my babies anywhere else. I have been a REALTOR® for over a decade and still wake up every day delighted that I truly love what I do. I love helping people find their home sweet home, score an investment property that pencils out better than expected, holding the hand of a first-time homebuyer, or guiding a nervous seller through the process of leaving a home they’ve loved. I know Portland like the back of my hand and have a wealth of knowledge about our unique homes and rapidly growing inventory of new construction. I have loved up many homes over the years, from a total restoration of an 1894 Victorian farmhouse to a full remodel of 1942 ranch and several in between. I enjoy educating my clients on the home buying and selling process as well as educating them on how to care for their home. I strive to help buyers understand their homes' unique qualities, how to love them up, and the realities of vintage homeownership. Each real estate transaction is different and for many people the entire process is new and can feel overwhelming. I work hard to help clients manage expectations and give them perspective along the way. I also truly love negotiating and believe it can be done with grace and cooperation. Over the years many of my clients have become my friends and I am grateful for the joy this career has brought me. When I am not scouring the new listings, meeting clients for pie or reading up on all things real estate, I am busy filling my days with goodness. I currently live in my dream home in St. Johns with my husband, 3 kids, 2 cats, 2 ducks and goose! I am an avid gardener, growing over 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables and countless plants and flowers, including nearly 1000 tulips and over 100 dahlia varieties. During the spring and summer we have a little free table with bouquets and plant starts for our community. When the garden doesn’t need me you can find me in the kitchen. I try to bake once a day, everything from sourdough to french macarons. I graduated with an art degree and find great joy in painting and making pottery, there is almost always an art project happening at the dining room table. I am a dedicated traveler and have made exploring the world with my babies a priority. When we aren’t traveling internationally we explore our corner of the world in our Vanagon, Dr. Coffey! I am in constant awe of the beauty of the PNW and feel grateful that this is my home sweet home. I absolutely believe that everyone should love where they live and won’t let anyone settle!
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