What to Do With Extra Tomatoes

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Summer is the time for fresh, juicy tomatoes from the garden. But what do you do when you have more tomatoes than you can eat? Here are a few ideas to use up or preserve your extra tomatoes:

Make salsa. 

Salsa is a delicious and versatile condiment that can be enjoyed with chips, tacos, burritos, and more. There are many different salsa recipes, so you can find one that suits your taste.

Make tomato sauce. 

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Tomato sauce is a staple ingredient in many Italian dishes, such as pasta, pizza, and lasagna. You can make your own tomato sauce from scratch or use a store-bought variety. Canning tomato sauce is perfect for quick soups and pasta dishes in the winter months. 

Roast tomatoes. 

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Roasted tomatoes are a delicious and easy way to enjoy the flavor of summer tomatoes. Roasting will bring out the natural sugars in tomatoes, making a sweeter sauce, if canning. Simply slice your tomatoes in half or quarters, place on a cookie sheet, and roast at 450 degrees F for 35-45 minutes. You can then use them in sauces, sandwiches, or as a topping for pizzas and pasta dishes.

Make oven “sun-dried” tomatoes. 

Sun-dried tomatoes are a flavorful and versatile ingredient that can be used in many dishes. To make oven sun-dried tomatoes, simply slice them and place them on a baking sheet and slow-roast them in the oven for 2-4 hours. Cherry tomatoes or romas are the best for this method.

Freeze tomatoes. 

If you have a lot of tomatoes and don’t have time to use them all up right away, you can preserve tomatoes by freezing them. To freeze tomatoes, simply wash them and place them in a freezer bag or container. They will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer. This is probably the quickest way to preserve tomatoes.

Give them away. 

Any time I start to get overwhelmed with the amount of tomatoes I’ve gathered, I give them away to friends, family, and coworkers. They love it, and you will free up some space in your kitchen.

No matter how you choose to use them, extra tomatoes are a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in many different ways. So get creative and have fun!

Here are some additional tips for using up extra tomatoes:

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  • Use them in salads, BLTs, and wraps.
  • Add them to omelets, frittatas, and quiches.
  • Toss them with pasta or rice.
  • Make tomato soup or chili.
  • Use them to make a pizza or tart.
  • Grill them and serve them with a dipping sauce.
  • Dehydrate them and use them as a snack or seasoning.
  • Compost any that accidentally went bad before you got to them.

With so many possibilities, there’s no excuse to let extra tomatoes go to waste. So get creative and enjoy the flavors of summer! What’s your favorite way to use up extra tomatoes? 

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