I realize for some of you, this post may trigger feelings of tomato jealousy.
And for that, I’m genuinely sorry.
However, if you happen to be having a bumper tomato crop this year, you might be peering over baskets and buckets of tomatoes to read this post. If that’s the case, I would imagine the recipes here might just be a welcome sight.
Throughout my years of gardening adventures, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum– tomato feast and tomato famine…
I’m still not quite sure where I’ll end up this year. My plants are loaded down with green fruit, but with the bizarre weather we’ve been having, I think I’ll be pretty lucky if the frosts holds off long enough to allow my ‘maters to vine ripen. If the frost comes early like I suspect it will, I’ll have to use some of the green tomato ripening strategies I used last year so my crop isn’t a total loss.
Thankfully tomatoes and preservation go together like peanut butter and jelly. ‘Maters lend themselves well to canning, drying, freezing, and fermenting, which makes them an ideal candidate for filling your larder for the winter. If you can get the buggers to grow in the first place, that is…
(I do have some tomato growing tips for ya here, but no guarantees… I have yet to find the magic bullet for growing perfect tomatoes, and I still attribute my most bountiful years to mostly luck…)
Anyway, regardless of your tomato situation this year, be sure to pin, bookmark, or save this post for later– because your tomato bounty will come eventually!
40+ Ways to Preserve Tomatoes
Fermented Tomato and Mango Salsa
Making Tomato Condiments:
Homemade Maple BBQ Sauce (can easily be frozen)