By Blythe Copeland, TreeHugger
Hello tomato harvest time. If your garden (or farmer’s market, or neighbor’s garden) is suddenly overwhelming you with fresh tomatoes, don’t be intimidated, start filling the pantry.
Here are five ways to take advantage of the bright flavor of this fruit during the coldest days of winter.
1. Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce (above)
Tomato sauce is a no-brainer way to use up tomatoes, and this recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients — 5 pounds of overripe Romas, garlic, salt, basil, thyme, and olive oil — and basic technique: Jerry roasted his quartered tomatoes at 175 degrees overnight.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation details the procedure for preserving tomato sauce, but you can also just pop the sauce in the freezer (try putting it in airtight bags on cookie sheets to freeze it in a flat, space-saving shape).