Uses for Tomatoes

Recipes to Use Up a Bounty of Tomatoes

Blessed with a large crop of tomatoes, but not sure what to do with them? Here are several great ways to use up those tomatoes:

Ketchup

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Ketchup. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Get out your canning supplies, and make a batch of homemade ketchup to top your burgers and dogs.

Stewed Tomatoes

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Stewed Tomatoes. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Stew some tomatoes for use in soups and other tomato-based dishes or enjoy a bowlful as is.

Tomato Juice

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Tomato Juice. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Turn a big pile of tomatoes into tomato juice. Making your own allows you to control how much salt goes in.

Freeze Them

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Frozen Tomatoes. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Freeze some tomatoes; and you'll never have to settle for flavorless, store-bought tomatoes during the winter.

Tomato Sauce

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Tomato Sauce. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Homemade tomato sauce is easy to make, and tastes so much better than the stuff you can get at the store.

Tomato Paste

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How to Make Tomato Paste. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Learn how to make your own tomato paste, and take it off of your grocery list for good.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Make your own sun-dried tomatoes, so you can skip the gourmet price tag.

Canned Tomatoes

Canned Tomatoes
Canned Tomatoes. © Flickr user l.hillesheim

Replace all of those store-bought cans of whole, crushed and diced tomatoes with homemade.

Soup

Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup. © Flickr user Luis Villa del Campo

Transform some of your surplus tomatoes into tomato soup. It's a quick and easy dinner that can be served hot or cold (depending on the weather).

Jam or Jelly

Tomato Jam
Tomato Jam. © Flickr user Rebecca_Siegel

Use your tomatoes to make a savory jam or jelly to top sandwiches and crackers.

Relish

Tomato Relish
Tomato Relish. © Flickr user jeffreyw

Cucumbers aren't the only thing that can be pickled. Broaden your horizons by making tomato pickles and relish.

Salsa

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Salsa. © Flickr user OakleyOriginals

Short on time? Then, make salsa. It requires little more than chopping. Heck, you don't even have to can it, if you don't want to. Just enjoy it fresh, or pop it in the freezer.

See Also: Uses for Green Tomatoes

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