Look at these babies! They are more than 3.5 lbs altogether.
They were nice and deep red on the inside...tasted good, too.
First I cooked them down a bit - nothing but the tomatoes in here just now.
Meanwhile, I scalded some milk. Now, I've never scaled milk before - I've always been worried about going to far and burn it, but I just did what Amanda said....heat it on med-high till there are some bubbles around the edge and some steam. Then remove from heat. I did so and did not end up burning any milk and the pan cleaned up nicely.
Got to use my food mill!
And was left with about 4.5 cups of cooked tomatoes.
I heated up a little butter, put in some salt, pepper, and five crushed-up saltines.
Then added my hot milk and tomatoes.
It came out more pink than red, but it was very, VERY good. I think maybe the best version of tomato soup that I've had. I have to say, the tomatoes themselves were critical to the taste of this.
I love these bowls from Le Creuset. There are two full ladles of soup in there and I could still carry it to the table without worrying about being burned (which did, in fact, happen to me once before with hot home-made soup and resulted in a trip to the ER. Oouuch.)