If you’ve got piles and piles (and piles) of tomatoes, we bet you’d love some suggestions for what to do with them. Roasted, made into sauce or paste or jelly or confit, it’s all here. These recipes are all so good, you might wish that you had even more tomatoes.
As with most of life’s greatest loves, tomatoes can be maddeningly frustrating. Most of the year we’re forced to impatiently make do with disappointingly lackluster imposters. By the time summer finally brings its indecent glut of the most perfect specimens imaginable, we simply lose our minds at the farmers market and haul away more tomatoes than we can possibly put to good use.
Or not. With some time-honored tips and techniques devised by those who are similarly infatuated, it’s possible to preserve tomatoes at the height of their obscene abundance in a manner that will get you through all the other months of tomato despair. Here’s how to do exactly that.—LC Editors
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How to have fresh tomato sauce all year long
It’s easy, in cooler months, to get lost in nostalgia about fresh sauce made with superlative tomatoes. What if it was as easy to satisfy that craving simply by reaching into the freezer?
How to make homemade tomato paste
Yeah, you read that correctly. Channel your inner nonna and make the most intensely tomato-y paste you’ve ever experienced. It’s crazy easy and you’ll never again wonder what to do with the leftover dregs at the bottom of the can.
How to roast and preserve tomatoes in oil
A traditional Italian approach to tomatoes is to slow roast them in a low oven, coaxing the water to dissipate and leaving behind nothing but the essence of tomato fabulousness intensified. A classic for a reason.
How to pickle green tomatoes
We know we’re not the only ones who catch their breath at the tartness of a pale green tomato. We see it as no less lovely than its ripe counterpart. Just different. Pickling the orbs caters to their innate puckeriness in the most flattering fashion.
How to confit cherry tomatoes
A slow bath in olive oil improves most things. Including tomatoes. It’s essentially like pickling but without the tartness. Just richness.
How to turn tomatoes into jelly
A must for the Portuguese to accompany bread and cheese, this slightly sweet classic may not be your initial thought when it comes to what to do with tomatoes. Just wait until you taste it.