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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 9, 2014 3:36 AM CST
What to do with lots of cherry tomatoes. I usually dry in the oven. That way you can make dried tomatoes or tomato chips. But there is only so much dried tomatoes one can cope with. I really need to think of something else to do with them. (The cuckoos have gone north for the winter at last and they are not being gobble up). Is there anything else one can do with mobs of them?
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herbie43
Mar 9, 2014 6:27 AM CST
put them in batches into your food processor and make yourself some pasta sauce. when you are done processing them add some garlic, fresh or dried basil, and few diced onions, a few tablespoons of sugar and cook them over medium high heat for a few hours until it thickens up a bit. when it cools down place it in zip lot bags and freeze.

i have the complete recipe in my wife's cookbook. if you are interested let me know and i will send it to you.

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mom2goldens
Mar 9, 2014 8:06 AM CST
I slightly roast mine with some olive oil and herbs. Pack into small containers (with a little extra olive oil if needed) and freeze. Makes great toppings for pasta, pizza, etc.
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Mar 9, 2014 9:19 AM CST
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 9, 2014 5:56 PM CST
Frank, I would love that recipe!!
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herbie43
Mar 9, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Gleni - I will get it to you tomorrow or the next day

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Name: Franklin Troiso
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herbie43
Mar 10, 2014 7:29 AM CST
Gleni - here is a basic but delicious sauce you can make with yur tomatoes.

Frying Pan Sauce (Marinara)

Use your food processor to chop up your tomatoes.

2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 small onion, chopped into small pieces
2 tbls fresh chopped basil
3 tbls sugar
2 tbls oil
salt and pepper to taste
14 ounces of water

In a large frying pan, cook the onions until they are golden. add the garlic and toss around for a few seconds.
Add the tomatoes, sugar, basil, salt and pepper and then add the water. Cook on a low boil for 30 minutes.

You might wonder why we add 14 ounces of water and it's because we usually make this sauce using a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and then we fill the can halfway up with water for the sauce.

If your crushed tomatoes come to more than that just add additional water.

Enjoy






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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Mar 10, 2014 4:43 PM CST
Many many thanks Frank.
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Mar 11, 2014 5:05 PM CST
Hilarious! Feed them to the chickens. Hilarious!
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Mar 11, 2014 7:31 PM CST

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We cut our cherry tomatoes in half (along the equator) and dry them in the sun (cut side up) for a day or two and then put them in a sealed jar. These are then added to sauces and things the rest of the year and it works great for us! The smaller the tomato, the better.

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Gleni
Mar 11, 2014 9:29 PM CST
Thanks Dave. I will give that a try too. I have avoided using the sun because I thought it took ages.
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Mar 12, 2014 7:06 AM CST

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That's why it's better for them to be smaller; they dry faster. A larger tomato will take an eternity to dry all the way to the center.

Also make sure there's air flow. We put them on a screen that is elevated by bricks. This keeps air flowing all under and over them. And we do this on the day when it's a hundred degrees outside. Smiling
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herbie43
Mar 21, 2014 2:40 PM CST
I've dried tomatoes in the oven at 225 degrees for more than a few hours but they came out good.
I didn't can them because I used them up fast making sauce. Hilarious!

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Jul 24, 2015 9:25 AM CST
This year we have loads of cherry tomatoes. Here's some ideas we have used so far:

-Cherry tomato jam --this one I decided to make spicy with the rather bland "Beam's Yellow Pear" and with the added ingredients it turned out delicious!
-Tomato relish
-Homeade ketchup

These can all be canned and preserved for a couple of years.
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Jul 24, 2015 10:19 AM CST
wildflowers said: --this one I decided to make spicy with the rather bland "Beam's Yellow Pear" and with the added ingredients it turned out delicious!
These can all be canned and preserved for a couple of years.


This put me in mind of salsa.
And this afternoon is farmers' market time!
Hurray!
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Cookies4kids
Jul 24, 2015 10:44 AM CST
I do a bunch at a time and freeze them for hotdish and soup.

Poke the tip of a paring knife in the opposite end of the stem. Bring a kettle of water to near the boiling point and toss all the cherry tomatoes in at once. Leave for just a couple minutes and remove with a slotted ladle to a cookie sheet to cool a little. Pick each one up by the stem end and give it a little squeeze. It pops right out of the skin into the waiting pint deli container.

This may sound like a lot of work, but it goes really fast. I can do a whole cookie sheet full of tomatoes in 15 minutes. They add so much to soups and other dishes, and I am always dismayed to see the last container leave the freezer.
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Jul 24, 2015 10:53 AM CST
I never peel or seed tomatoes.
I think the fiber is important enough.
But then I have always eaten a LOT of raw fruits and veggies - anyone who doesn't should go easy!
It's kind of like building up your tolerance for hot peppers!
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Jul 24, 2015 6:59 PM CST
I really, really dislike the tomato skins left on for anything cooked... Karen, that sounds like a great way for skinning the small tomatoes, I never would have thought of doing that but I can see where it really would be pretty fast. We always have way more cherry tomatoes than we can eat fresh, or even give away -- and this year I seem to have ended up with even more small tomato varieties than usual. Thanks for sharing that tip!
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mom2goldens
Jul 24, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Love that method of skinning smaller tomatoes, Karen.

Also love your new cake photo. You do make the most gorgeous creations. Thumbs up
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Cookies4kids
Jul 24, 2015 7:39 PM CST
Sandy, glad you are going to give it a try. I also do not like skins in anything I cook. I tried not scalding a batch of quarts one year and ended up picking every last skin out of anything I used them for. What a pain, lol.

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