вторник, 7 июля 2015 г.

Four Ways to Preserve Tomatoes for Yummy Recipes All Year Long

Four Ways to Preserve Tomatoes for Yummy Recipes All Year Long

Four Ways to Preserve Tomatoes for Yummy Recipes All Year Long

Growing tomatoes is a great vegetable garden project because they are so easy to grow and the flavor of homegrown tomatoes is unparalleled in the grocery store. There are so many varieties of tomato that you can surely find some that suit your garden. Small space gardeners can choose dwarf or container plants, short season growers can choose fast maturing varieties, and even those who live in rainy climate can grow tomatoes that produce well on cloudy days.

With all of these options, it’s hard to not have a bumper crop of tomatoes ready at the end of the season. If the weather is beginning to cool or your tomatoes plants have succumbed to the dreaded Late Blight, then it’s time to harvest the lot of them and put them away for the winter. Here are some ideas of what you can do with a bunch of tomatoes.

At the end of the season you will usually end up with a bunch of tomatoes in various stages of ripening. While green tomatoes are lovely fried and in salsa, there is an easy way to ripen the rest of the crop indoors where it’s still toasty warm. Choose to ripen only those tomatoes that are clean and disease free.

Keep the tomatoes on the vine and set them in a box or bowl away from direct sunlight. Check the tomatoes every day and remove those that have ripened.

Freezing tomatoes couldn’t be easier. Simply wash ripe tomatoes and remove the stems. Then pop them into a freezer bag and freeze them until you want to make sauce, soups, or casseroles. Thawed tomatoes are not firm like the fresh ones are, but if you are planning to use them in cooking, they are quick and easy to remove from the bag and toss in the recipe.

You can cook the tomatoes and make a variety of different recipes such as pasta sauce, soup, salsa, and pizza sauce. I like to roast the tomatoes with garlic first, and then use them in the recipe. As with all canning recipes, be sure to follow the ingredients and process to the letter, as canning can be dangerous if not done properly.

Grab your dehydrator and make some dried tomatoes! These taste just like the sun-dried tomatoes that were in just about everything 20 years ago. While sundried tomatoes have fallen out of favor, drying grape tomatoes at home makes for a delicious way to preserve them for the winter months.

Cut cherry or grape tomatoes in half and add them to the layers of a food dehydrator or lay them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven on low for 8-12 hours. Add the dried tomatoes to an airtight container, or marinate them in herbs and oil to serve with antipasto.

I've pulled together a collection of supplies for preserving tomatoes that you can find here on eBay. There is canning equipment, recipe books, dehydrators, and even some great tomato seed varieties to get started with next year!

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