Here it is, the end of August, and the Hoop House is producing really well. My only complaint, (and it really isn’t a complaint), is that my Black Cherry Tomatoes are giving us way more then we can sell! Even with all the tomato lovers in our family, we can’t keep up with them all.
So, what am I doing with them all? Well, how about making a tomato paste, or a cucumber/Pursline/Tomato salad? Did you know you can freeze tomatoes as well?
Today, I want to show you how you can use an abundance of tomatoes so that you never have to waste them again.
We have been making tomato paste the past couple of days, which is really simple. This will make a great addition to when we make our spaghetti sauce or need to thicken any tomato base foods like chili. Plus, this can be cooled and put in a zip lock bag to freeze or jar up. A wonderful way to get that summer fresh tomato into any winter meal!
What to do with an over-abundance of fresh, summer tomatoes. Mix up the tomatoes for a unique taste, or use your favorite tomato. This recipe is using Black Cherry Tomatoes. I purposefully left the serving size blank, as how much you yield will depend on how many tomatoes you do. You can add some seasoning now, just be sure to mark your container with type of seasoning (Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean)
Line baking sheet (with edges) with parchment paper. Pre-heat oven 250°
slice tomatoes in half and place on sheet
place in oven for two hours, rotate pan half way thru. If tomatoes are still "wet" after two hours, you can continue to dry, checking every 30 minutes and rotating pan.
It really is that simple!
How to you use your extra tomatoes? We would love to hear your favorite way to use up an abundance of tomatoes, and we will even give you a shout out if we try your recipe! Let us know in the comments below.