Tomato, tomAHto, we don’t care how you say it….as long as you don’t toss them away!
Here are the top ways to tackle soft, bruised and bumped tomatoes.
1. Freeze Them
Roast tomatoes whole and freeze! Roasted tomatoes make the best tomato sauce base for pastas and soups. Place on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh herbs of your choice, throw in some garlic cloves and onion pieces if you like and roast at 400°F for 30min. Once cooled, blend it until smooth and freeze for an on-hand tomato sauce for pasta, soup, stews or gazpacho.
3. Make Salsa
Making pico de gallo is the quickest way to use up those overripe tomatoes. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and snack away!
4. Dry Them
Cut tomatoes lengthwise and place in the oven at 200°F with the cut side up and a drizzle of oil and an optional sprinkle of sea salt and herbs. Dry in the oven for about 12 hours or until the texture is dry but still pliable. Plum or roma tomatoes work best for flavour. These are great in your breakfast scrambled eggs, on top of toast or mixed into your pasta.
5. Whiz Up Gazpacho
Full of nutrition, this is one of the only cold soup recipes out there! Throw all ingredients in raw and blend it like a fruit smoothie. A tomato is a fruit after all!
Did You Know?
Slightly cooked-down tomatoes have a higher nutrition content than raw tomatoes!