Eight Great Recipes to Use Up Tomatoes

If your garden is anything like mine, it produces a ton of tomatoes each summer. Then you need to decide what to do with them: can them, freeze them—or cook them? Below are my all-time favorite recipes to use up fresh tomatoes.

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Fresh tomatoes are one of my favorite things about summer. We grow Brandywine, Chocolate Stripe, Mr. Stripey, Big Boy, and so many more top growing tomatoes. I really can’t get enough of them.

What are the options for preserving and storing tomatoes?

Since I grow tomatoes, I have enough to can some, freeze some, and dry the rest—the ones we don’t devour immediately, that is. Garden tomatoes are superb for storing, and their flavor elevates any dish.

For tips on preserving your tomatoes, check out my post on canning and freezing your harvest.

What are the best recipes to use up tomatoes?

Though I love to preserve tomatoes, there is nothing quite like eating them fresh. If you live in the South, fried green tomatoes are a must on the menu of any bona fide meat and three restaurant. You can even find them in the finer restaurants with the addition of shrimp or crab meat with a special sauce.

Below I provide two fried green tomato recipes: the classic recipe and the healthier “baked” recipe. I hope you’ll try them both!

By the way, if you grow your own tomatoes, you’ll definitely need to save your best seeds for next year’s garden. I show you how to save tomato seeds in this post; it’s a lot different than saving seeds from other vegetables. 

Now on to the eating!

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