You can do one of two things. Either grab your hundreds of bushels of tomatoes and head over to Bunol, Spain for the La Tomatina Festival (the world’s biggest Food Fight) OR…scour the internet, your cookbooks, and while your at it, even your neighbours cookbooks, for as many recipes using tomatoes as you can find. Then get set to cook, can or eat your way through your bounty of tomatoes until you are so sick of them, you never want to see another tomato for as long as you live.
Or at least until next February, when you pull out the seed catalogue, and fall in love… all over again…with…
I love tomatoes. So much so that I plant too many of them every year. I get so excited first thing in the early spring when I start my seeds that I cannot bear to throw any seedlings out, even if I don’t have room for them. To solve that little dilemma this year, I had hubby build two self-watering containers and took them to the cottage with 3 tomato plants so I will have fresh tomatoes at both locations.
The rest are in the garden at home. There are 4 Tom Tomato plants and 2 Cherry Tomato plants. I went with just 2 cherry tom plants this year at home. They are a dwarf, container style variety (so the seed packet said, we shall see), as last year I planted 6 regular cherry tomato plants and let me tell you…I was inundated with the little suckers. The plants themselves were at least 5 foot high and just as wide. I was giving them away, eating them, roasting them, canning them and anything else I could think of with them. I even let the chipmunks steal some. They would rip them open, take the seeds, then toss the tomato flesh aside like a used rag. I think I may have been a little overzealous in keeping 6 plants…maybe…just a little..alright..a LOT overzealous.
So this year, I am all prepared. I have my canning jars all lined up. I shall be making Tomato Sauce, Chunky Home~Made Salsa, Stewed Tomatoes, Chiles with Tomatoes (a suitable clone for RoTel for those Canucks that do not know what it is), Tomato~Basil Jam, my easy-peasy Bruschetta, tossing them in salads daily and many, many other recipes…. I will be the Tomato Canning Queen. I could possibly even compete with Hunt’s or Heinz…. no really, I bet I could. Ok, probably not, but I’d give them a good run for their money none-the-less.
Meanwhile, I will keep my pantry and freezer stocked full of delicious tomato goodness to get me through fall, winter and spring until I once again have a garden full of sweet, delicious, red, ripe tomatoes.
Oh…and if you know of any new, innovative, funky ideas to use up tomatoes…please leave your recipes here…. I will welcome them with open arms and mouth….