What to do when your garden explodes with tomatoes.
When we left on vacation, I had some ripe tomatoes but when we got home we had A LOT of ripe tomatoes. I didn’t want the tomatoes to go to waste, so I had to pick them and think fast what to do with my bounteous harvest.
I am a pioneer woman at heart and love to can fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are a city person and don’t know what canning is, it is processing fruit or vegetables in glass jars to preserve for later use. Tomatoes are one of the easiest fruits to can as all you do is stuff the jars up to ½ inch of the top with peeled, fresh tomatoes; add 1 teaspoon salt; and process the jars for 30 minutes until sealed. Now I have whole tomatoes to use for future spaghetti sauce and lasagna plus cut-up tomatoes for future salsa.
Give Some Away
My neighbors love receiving fresh tomatoes from my garden.
Make Tomato-Cucumber-Onion Salad
There are different variations of this old-fashioned salad. It only requires 3 ingredients plus some seasonings, and is ready in a little over an hour. This salad is perfect for tailgates and picnics because it needs no refrigeration when serving at a gathering.
2 cups grape tomatoes (or 3 large tomatoes, cut up)
2 large (or 3 small) cucumbers, sliced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of cracked pepper
¾ teaspoon Stevia
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of olive oil
Mix well and pour over veggies. Cover and let salad chill for 1-2 hours. That’s it.