How to Use Up Extra Tomatoes

Wood table covered in various sizes and varieties of tomatoes

We've all been there. You wait patiently all summer for your tomato plants to produce and all of a sudden, BAM, you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. We're here to help! Below are a few ideas for what to do with all those juicy little fruits.

Try a New Recipe

The most obvious thing to do with your tomatoes is to eat them and finding different ways to prepare them is the name of the game.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Tomatoes can be "sun-dried" in an oven pretty easily and once they are done they can be added to salad, soups, pastas, etc.

Steps to sun drying your tomatoes in the oven:

1) Slice your cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise and place onto a baking sheet.

2) Season with salt and any herbs that you would like.

3) Roast them in the oven at 250 degrees F for 2.5-3.5 hours making sure to check on them every now and then to ensure that they do not burn.

That's it! Super simple and incredibly delicious.

Salsa

Try your hand at making your own salsa! Simply cut up a bowl of tomatoes, an onion or two, a pepper, and some garlic then combine and serve with chips or on top of other dishes.

You could even serve on top of bread as a bruschetta. There are hundreds of recipes online.

Tomato Soup

Throw a mix of tomatoes, onions, veggie stock, and olive oil into a pot on the stove and soon you'll have a delicious and nutritious tomato soup. Homemade just tastes better!

Host a Pizza Party

Prepare some tomato sauce, cut up some toppings, and make a batch of pizza dough then ivite your friends and family over for a make-your-own pizza night. This is a good way to use up any other vegetables from your garden and a fun way to spend time with loved ones!

Share Them With Your Neighbors

When you've finally had more tomatoes than you can handle, spread the love and hand out extras to your neighbors, friends, and family. They say sharing is caring and fresh produce from someone's garden is always an exciting and welcome gift.


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