8 Ways to Use All of the Tomatoes from Your Garden

Did yougrow a bumper crop of tomatoes this year? Try these delicious ways to use all of the tomatoes from your garden.

We are tomato-eating machines at my house. My four-year-old is obsessed with the yellow cherry tomatoes that we are growing this year, and he eats them all right off of our plants before I get a chance to do anything with them. Not that I’m complaining!

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If you don’t have atomato monster raidingyour garden every morning, though,you might need some ideas to use up all of those delicious fruits. Try these tomato recipes!

Summer Tomato Recipes

1.Raw Tomato Sauce

Who needs to simmer tomato sauce all day on the stove? Not you, my friend. To make this quick-and-easy tomato sauce, just toss your ingredients into your food processor, and pulse.

Tomato Jam

2.Tomato Jam

Tomato jam might sound a bit odd, but it’sone of my favorite summer treats!My favorite way to use tomato jam is spreading it onto whole grain bread and piling on crunchy lettuce, sliced avocado, sliced onion and vegan mayo. You caneat it right away or can it for a little summer flavor in the middle of winter.

Roasted Tomatoes

3. Roasted Tomatoes

I used to buy jars of sweet, roasted tomatoesuntil I discovered how much easier and less expensive it is to roast my own. Your roasted tomatoes will keep for about a week in the fridge, and they’re perfect on pasta, salads or eaten straight out of the jar.

Frozen Tomatoes

4. FrozenTomatoes

If you want to preserve your tomato harvest but aren’t a home canner, you can freeze your tomatoes! Just blanche, skin, chop and store flat in freezer bags. HGTV has more on how to freeze the tomatoes from your garden.

Canned Tomatoes

5. Canned Tomatoes

Put up some of your tomato bounty for later in the year. This tutorial walks you through how to can tomatoes with or without a canner. The only special equipment you need is a pair of jar lifters, so you don’t burn yourself or break your jars when you pull them out of the hot water bath.

Dried Tomatoes

6. Oven Dried Tomatoes

Expensive store-bought sun dried tomatoes? No, thank you! You can make your own dried tomatoes in the oven, no special equipment required. Because you’re not completely dehydratingthe tomatoes in this recipe, you store the finished product in the freezer, where they will keep for about six months.

Chunky Tomato Salsa from Vegan in the Freezer

7. Chunky Tomato Salsa

Eat this salsa fresh or freeze it in freezer-safe jars for up to six months. Ginny recommends using 4-ounce jars, if you’re planning to freeze.

Tomato Bisque

8. Tomato-Eggplant Bisque

I created this vegantomato bisque recipe specifically for the freezer. It’s perfect for making summer tomatoes last. It’s also one of my go-to recipes for friends who have just had a baby, since they can defrost for a quick meal.

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Did you grow a bumper crop of tomatoes this year? Try these delicious ways to use all of the tomatoes from your garden.

Frozen, Canned, and Dried Tomatoes images from Thinkstock. All other images via recipe authors, used with permission.


Margie F
Margie F18 days ago

Wonderful recipes

Janis K
Janis K25 days ago

Thanks for sharing

Carl R
Carl R27 days ago


heather g
heather g28 days ago

In almost everyone's diet..

Christina C
Christina C29 days ago

Thank you for the tips!

Sophie M
Past Member 29 days ago

Thank you.

Virginia Miller
Virginia Miller29 days ago

The soup looks really good. Thanks

tanzy t
tanzy tabout a month ago

Such great tips.

ANA MARIJA Rabout a month ago

Bookmarked. Thank you!:)

Chad A
Chad Aabout a month ago

My dad used to do a lot of canning and then everyone would rely on his tomatoes throughout the year for Italian dishes.