Garden to Table: Tomatoes {Recipes + Tips}

Every gardener loves tomatoes. Whether you slice them up and eat them fresh or process them into one of the dozens of ways to preserve them, they can do just about anything. They’re easy and fun to grow, but if you don’t have a garden, that’s okay. Head to your local farmers market and stock up this summer so you can enjoy all the tomato favorites on this list.

And maybe some of the recipes and gardening tips will convince you that you need some tomatoes of your own.

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Let’s explore all about this classic and popular summer veggie: from seed to jar.

What You’ll Find

  • Fresh Recipes: The best tomatoes need the least work. In these recipes, you just slice and enjoy.
  • Gardening Tips: Choosing the best varieties and successfully growing your own.
  • Preserving Tomatoes: One of the most versatile items for canning, I’ll share my favorite sauces, salsas, and more.
  • More Recipes: How to use up your canned tomatoes in delicious ways.

Fresh Tomato Recipes

Discover a world where fresh tomatoes shine. Here, you’ll find recipes that celebrate the flavors of tomatoes straight from the garden.

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Jump into these recipes to bring your fresh tomatoes to life. From quick snacks to full-on dinners, you’re all set.

How to Preserve Tomatoes

Don’t let your tomato bounty go to waste. This section offers clever ways to preserve tomatoes, ensuring you can enjoy their goodness year-round.

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  • Home Canned Salsa is not just a recipe; it’s a self-sufficient way to capture summer in a jar.
  • Dive into the world of home preservation with Canning Pizza Sauce, a foolproof way to enjoy your favorite pizza flavors year-round.

These recipes will keep your harvest fresh and keep your kitchen tomato-ready all year long.

Growing Tomatoes

Whether you’re a green thumb or a gardening newbie, these articles will guide you through the ins and outs of growing tomatoes successfully at home.

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You’re well on your way to cultivating a tomato patch that’ll be the envy of your neighborhood.

More Recipes

Looking for something a bit different? This collection includes recipes to use up your canned tomatoes and ways to enjoy them cooked.

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Experiment with these recipes to discover new favorites and use up those canned tomatoes you worked so hard on!

Any quick tips for growing tomatoes at home?

Make sure they get plenty of sunlight, at least 6-8 hours a day. Water them regularly, especially during hot spells, but try to avoid getting water on the leaves to reduce the risk of disease. When you plant them, bury them deeply. And don’t forget to support them with stakes or cages as they grow.

Is it hard to can tomatoes?

Not at all! With a few basic tools and some simple instructions, it’s pretty straightforward. Remember, you’re just making a recipe and boiling it in jars. The key is cleanliness and following the steps carefully to ensure your canned goods are safe to eat. Plus, it’s super satisfying to see your pantry stocked with jars of your own homemade salsa or sauce.

Can I use any kind of tomato for these recipes?

Yes! While some recipes might call for specific types, like cherry tomatoes for salads or beefsteak for sandwiches, feel free to use what you have.

More Kitchen Garden Resources

It’s a big world out there of growing your own food. Here are more articles like this one, focused on all your favorite things to grow.

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Whether you’re a new gardener or already the proud owner of bushels of produce, I hope you found something that you liked in the tomato world. They are one of the most versatile things to grow and are amazing, fresh, or preserved. Enjoy!

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