Sunday, August 14, 2016

Five Things to Do with Your Garden Tomatoes









Did you plant tomatoes this year?  If you did, I bet you have a plethora of them now.  Are you wondering what to do with them?  Here are some ideas:

1.  Roast them:  Core the tomatoes and cut in half horizontally.  Place them in a glass baking dish.  Drizzle with about a 1/2 cup olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Place in a 200 degree oven and bake 2-3 hours.  Cool.  Refrigerate or freeze with the oil.  Roasted tomatoes can be used for pizza, rissoto, and salad dressing.

2.  Make a BLT.   These are great summer sandwiches.  Get some applewood smoked bacon, sourdough bread, lettuce, mayonaise, and of course, tomatoes.

3.  Make a super-easy sauce.  Core, seed, and dice your tomatoes.  Toss with 1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing, 1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic, and 2 Tablespoons of fresh cut up basil leaves.  Mix it all together and serve over hot pasta.

4.  Do you have more time?  Try making a cooked sauce.  Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan.  Add 1 diced onion and cook until soft.  Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic and 1 cup of chopped carrots.  Cook about 2 minutes.  Add about 3 pounds of peeled, cored, and seeded tomatoes.  Cook on low for about an hour.  Cool and puree in batches in a food processor or blender.  Return to pot and add 2 teaspoons sugar, 1-2 teaspoons salt, and 1 tablespoon oregano.  Cook until sauce is desired consistancy.  Use immediately, or cool and freeze.

5.  Can them.  Peel and core your tomatoes.  Leave them whole.  Sterilize jars and keep them in a deep pot of hot water.  In each quart-sized jar, place 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Pack tomatoes into the jar, leaving about an inch at the top.  Ladle boiling water into the jars.  Place lids and bands on.  Place jars in the deep pot, cover, and boil about 40 minutes.  Turn off the heat, wait 5 minutes, remove jars, and let them cool.

What do you do with your tomatoes?

8 comments:

  1. Usually we just have them in salads, sauce, and on sandwiches.

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  2. Hi Sherry - they are so delicious ... and as you say now is the time there will be a plethora ... I will be making sauces and then freezing ... but fresh tomatoes from the bush take some beating ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I sure your sauces will be delicious.

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  3. We've gotten almost 60 pounds of tomatoes this year and my freezer is full of spaghetti sauce and diced tomatoes.

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  4. A friend has just given us a large bag full of a great mix from his allotment (I think that's a 'Community Garden' in the USA).
    Now we are figuring what to do with kolrahbi, squash, giant (I mean GIANT!) marrow and huge beets. Alas, our tomatoes are from the Supermarket or a local Farm Shop.
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    1. Sounds like you have a nice assortment of vegetables.

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