50 Ways to Use All Those August Tomatoes

Let’s face it, I could come up with 50 reasons why August gets a bad rap.  Kids hate it because it marks the end of summer.  Teachers hate it because they have to go back to work.  Parents hate it because they run out of things to do with the kids and most everyone hates it so much that they call it “the dog days.”

Tomatoes at Pike Place

Well I love my dog and for that matter I love August.   August for me signals a time when the tomatoes are ready for picking and the garden cannot stop giving me a new treat every day.  Problem is sometimes you end with so many tomatoes you don’t know what to do with them.  Believe me, anytime someone stops by the house they are leaving with a handful of ripe tomatoes.

This problem is not only restricted to us gardeners, but to all of you that frequent a Farmer’s Market this time of year.  Come on admit it, you’re addicted to the freshness and the ripe goodness a garden grown tomatoes has to offer.  All of a sudden the pantry is over flowing with tomatoes and you begin to think you may have to enroll in some kind of program to get past this addiction.

Well there is good new tomato Lovers.  I did a little research and came up with a whole lot of recipes and uses for the tomato.  In fact I could have easily come up with 100 ways to use the tomato, but I’m sticking with my top 50.  Here goes: Click on links for recipes!

  1. Make Gracie’s Killer Tomato Sauce – We called it gravy.
  2. Chop those tomatoes up for Bruschetta
  3. Make a cold Summer Tomato Soup – Gazpacho
  4. Slice those bad boys up and top any sandwich
  5. Make a Corn, Tomato and Basil salad
  6. Grilled Tomatoes
  7. Tomato and Pesto Sandwich – Click HERE for Pesto recipe
  8. Make a fresh Tomato Salsa
  9. Open face Tomato and Ricotto sandwich (self explanatory)
  10. Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich.  Be sure to toast the bread
  11. Stuffed Tomatoes with rice.  HERE is a recipe I like!
  12. Fried Green Tomatoes
  13. Can them
  14. Sun dry them
  15. Shish Kabob them
  16. Make homemade ketchup – Ripe tomatoes, garlic, cider vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves
  17. Dehydrate them
  18. Make your own V-8 juice
  19. Make a sliced Tomato Pizza topping
  20. Make your own pizza sauce
  21. Freeze them
  22. Use them in omelets
  23. Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad – the best salad ever, add sea salt, pepper and Extra Virgin olive oil
  24. Eat them alone with sea salt and pepper as a garden snack
  25. Grilled cheese and tomato – even the kids will eat this one
  26. Quartered tomatoes with sliced cucumbers, salt, pepper, celingini balls and balsamic
  27. Make Green Tomato salsa
  28. Make Green Tomato relish
  29. Make Pickled Green Tomatoes
  30. Make Green Tomato Raspberry Jam
  31. Make Tomato Butter
  32. Donate them to a food pantry
  33. Make friends, give some to your neighbors
  34. Use Cherry tomatoes in this One Pot Farro recipe
  35. Make a Tomato Tart
  36. Make Green Tomato Chutney
  37. Make Tomato Juice
  38. Tomato Basil Soup
  39. Make Panzanella
  40. Spicy Tomato Jam
  41. Linguini with Fresh Tomatoes
  42. Make Tabbouleh
  43. Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes
  44. Tomato and Eggplant Stacks

    English: Tomatoes at a market.

  45. Tomato Granita
  46. Tomato Peach Salad
  47. Slow Roast Tomato Salad
  48. Make Green Tomato Bread
  49. Green Tomato Pie – Here a few recipes
  50. Last but not least Bloody Mary’s

There you have it, 50 useful tips to take those garden grown tomatoes and put them to good use.  Enjoy the harvest!


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