When my dad told me that he planted a lot of tomatoes this year, I thought he meant that he planted enough to make a few jars of salsa, maybe some marinara. I had no idea he meant that he planted enough tomatoes to feed a family of twelve for a year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining (okay maybe just a little). It’s actually really cool that we have so many tomatoes that we now have sufficient quantities of tomato-based products to last us through until next summer. We will not be buying anything canned this year! I did some basic things like stewed tomatoes and diced tomatoes, but I also made a few special recipes. I’ve rounded them up here in this post so you have all of them in one spot!
Garden Tomato Marinara
Sweet and Spicy Garden Salsa
Next is my Sweet and Spicy Garden Salsa. As a total condiment freak, this one is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket. Salsa is not just for dipping chips my friends. Oh no. You can use salsa in soups, stews, slow-cooker recipes, and so much more. You will definitely want to have this one around all winter long! Get the recipe here and pin it for later here.
Garden Tomato Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce
This one is a special sauce just for my dad, by special request. Although I call this a “barbeque sauce”, it’s really more of an all-purpose sauce. Since I made the first batch, my dad has used for everything from steak sauce to veggie dip. It’s that delicious. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little tangy. Make one big batch of this garden tomato Sweet and Sour Barbeque Sauce, and you will have a dipper to last the whole year through. Get the recipe here and pin it for later here.
Sweet and Sour Tomato Jalapeno Chutney
The inspiration for this sauce comes from my favorite (okay only) Indian restaurant in town. They make a mean mango chutney that hits every spot my tongue just right. It’s a little sweet, a little tangy, a little sour, and it makes a fantastic accompaniment to anything you schmear it on. The same goes for this Sweet and Sour Tomato Jalapeno Chutney. Get the recipe here and pin it for later here.
How to Make Tomato Paste in Two Simple Steps
In the winter months, I use A LOT of tomato paste. I add it to soups, stews, braised dishes and sauces. It adds a rich, concentrated tomato flavor to anything you put it in. But I don’t like buying it in the BPA-lined cans, and my favorite brand is nearly $7 for a 7 oz jar. That’s a bit steep. So I came up with my own tomato paste and it is SO easy to make. Just two simple steps. Get the recipe here and pin it for later here.
I can only hope that all of you out there have gardens that are as proliferative as my dad’s garden. If not, then just pick your favorite one of these and make it! They’re all great! Enjoy your tomatoes!
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