Most of all, just try it, every chance you get. Book Review – Lilian Snelling: the rhododendron and primula drawings, Elegantly perfumed roses to plant this winter. of tomatoes at once, you better decide what to do with them – fast. Green tomatoes require a different storage approach to ripen. All images and content copyright Beth Otway. Go for flavor, not for looks. It is a toss-up between canning and freezing, to find out which one is the most popular way of preserving tomatoes. Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) often leaves marks like these on tomato stems. Choose what are known as open-pollinated (OP) tomatoes, not hybrid varieties. Among the most flavorful ways of preserving tomatoes is dehydrating. Or maybe it doesn't matter at all and what we should really be doing is coming up with a better tomato itself. The skin of this ‘Cherry Baby’ tomato has split. And if you are going to be stocking up on “comfort foods” for times of need, it is a must to stock in your cupboard for when that pizza craving hits. Learning to eat outside of brand names can take some time, though it gives you plenty of appreciation for what you can grow in your own garden. Dip the tomatoes in red wine vinegar, then add the tomatoes to the jar. However, most dried tomatoes will have remnants of moisture that will permit mold to develop. Here’s a bowl of tomatoes harvested from the plants in my garden. For more tips and tricks for growing tomatoes, please click here. If you are thinking that a true spaghetti sauce deserves a bit of meat, put it in the freezer instead, or cook it fresh and add the canned sauce to it. With tomato powder, a little flavor goes a long way: add a small spoonful to your soup, enchilada sauce, sprinkled over potato wedges or over salads for enriching the flavor and quality of just about everything you eat. Cut the tomato in large chunks and place in a food processor or blender. You don’t need any special canning equipment for freezing, in fact you may not need anything at all (outside of a vessel for storing them in). To read my Tomato Trial, please click here. In the case of making tomato juice, you will want to steer clear of the meatier varieties, and grab the juicy ones instead. Then get back to your tomatoes. Just be sure to use the very best tomatoes to begin with. Again, your tomato selection will greatly affect your outcome. If your snacking tendencies tend to be on the spicier side, then it is salsa that is a must. 4. The skin of this ‘Cherry Baby’ tomato has split. In my garden, a number of my tomato plants have just started showing signs of blight. Your email will not be published. If you’ve grown a green fruited tomato, like Tomato ‘Green Envy’, don’t forget to harvest your ripe, green tomatoes! You don’t need to be a prepper or a backpacker to enjoy tomato sauce leather, though it doesn’t hurt to embrace it for what it is. That’s where canning comes in. Put a spoonful of chutney on your sandwich, let it accompany grilled pork chops or a baked roast, add it to a bowl and serve it with aged cheeses and sliced sausage/meats. Here is something to consider: because tomatoes are an acidic fruit, BPA’s in store-bought tomatoes are more likely to leach out. Pour oil (such as olive oil) over the tomatoes until they are completely submerged. If you aren’t seeking long-term storage of your entire surplus of tomatoes, fermenting is another tasty way to extend your tomato harvest. You can then use this spaghetti sauce to fill your lasagna and stuffed shells. To store in the pantry or on a shelf Place sealed containers in a cool, dry, dark place, maintained at about 60-70ºF. What will you do with a bounty of cherry tomatoes? With several jars of delicious tomato chutney at your disposal, you’ll have more than one reason to open up a new jar every week. This helps immensely with meal planning, quick-to-fix snacks and requests for going out – when all you want to do is stay in. Remember that locally grown and harvested almost always tastes the best. These tomatoes would have ripened at a faster rate, if they were kept in a smaller space. There are a few ways to go about freezing your crop of tomatoes. If you’ve followed our ten pro tips for high-yield tomato plants, if you’ve pruned your plants correctly, if you’ve supported your tomatoes adequately and fertilized sufficiently – and as long as you’ve avoid the most common tomato growing pitfalls – then hopefully you’ll harvest more tomatoes than you know what to do with. This is a season of salvage, protection, and celebration; it’s time to bring tender plants inside our homes, conservatories, and glasshouses, and to gather in our harvest. Here’s a link to food writer, Rosemary Moon’s chutney recipes. It's an interesting idea, but further research needs to be done to figure out exactly how to store tomatoes best. Ensure that when your tomato plants have totally given themselves up to disease, that you dispose of this additional plant material in the same way. So, barbecue sauce. As autumn’s whisper reverberates through our landscape, many plants are now fading, as they respond to the changing season and become rapidly aged by the ever lengthening nights’ embrace. For tips on growing garlic, please click here. There may be some small disasters along the way, yet practice makes perfect. In reality, at least for some of us, this is nothing more than an ambitious dream. Homemade ketchup is one way to process them quickly, in a way that everyone will look forward to eating them up.