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Posted on 24 February 2013 by tomatocasual.com

Preserving Tomatoes for Gift Giving

Photo Credit: How to make dried tomatoes by Joana Petrova used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: How to make dried tomatoes by Joana Petrova used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

In the past, I have given jars of canned tomatoes as gifts.

These wonderful jars full of summer’s delight consisted of tomato sauce, ketchup, salsa, and just good old fashioned diced tomatoes.

While these culinary delights have been appreciated and enjoyed, I decided to do something different this year.

One may wonder what else could be done with tomatoes as far as a gift. The answer is simple and consists of a preservation technique that is as old as the tomato.

The technique I refer to is drying.

Drying any fruit or vegetable can be done in two ways. One consists of using a commercial food Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 04 February 2013 by tomatocasual.com

Halloween and the Tomato

Photo Credit: Tomat’O'Lantern by Andrew Huff used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I would like to start a new tradition with tomatoes.

Culturally, tomatoes have spanned the human belief system.

Some cultures build festivals around tomatoes while others view tomatoes as a “poisonous fruit.”

But, for myself, the tomato represents summertime, and health. This year, though, the tomato has changed its image due to the unusual weather we have been having. I cannot remember picking tomatoes in October but this year it is the norm not the exception.

In doing so, since my tomato crop is still growing and producing, I would like to introduce the tomato into my Halloween celebration. Below are the top six ways I plan to use the ‘love apple” come October 31.

1. Bloody punch will be part of the menu for my Halloween party. I plan to take and make my own tomato juice, which I plan to cool with a frozen hand made from a latex glove. Since my party will be multigenerational, I am choosing to keep it alcohol-free.

2. Stuffed tomatoes will be served with an assortment Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 August 2011 by tomatocasual.com

How to Save Your Seeds for Next Year

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day my dad and I were talking about the time he saw the best tomato plants in town.

He used to work for the Board of Health in Louisville, Kentucky and used to inspect the sewage treatment plants.

In the plants there was an area where they would place the sludge or solids that do not dissolve in the sanitation process.

In this sludge, tomato seeds and corn kernels remained and were remnants of what the human body will not digest. Through this nutrient rich sludge, tomato plants would grow abound but the fruits of these plants could not be consumed.

From this discussion we bounced to the direct ways, we in the past, have saved our tomato seeds. In the past few years, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 14 September 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Jam and You

By Michelle Fabio

If everything has gone according to plan, and I hope it has, you’re swimming in tomatoes right now.

There are plenty of ideas for what to do with your crop here on Tomato Casual from freezing to canning to homemade tomato juice, but have you thought about tomato jam?

Before you crinkle your nose (not that you would, tomato lover that you are), this fabulous concoction was recently featured in no less than the New York Times when writer Mark Bittman shared Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 10 September 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Casual Answers Reader’s Canning Tomatoes Question

By Vanessa Richins

Tomato Casual reader Chris W writes:

“I just started canning and I am having trouble. I canned whole tomatoes by the BALL BOOK. They started to bubble and produce gas. I threw them away. I didn’t want to mess with it.

So I tried making my own sauce. It been about a week and again now the sauce is producing gas. They seal well. And I cook them like i am supposed to. I don’t know what i am doing wrong.

I am sorry you are having trouble with your canning!

With the help of former Tomato Casual Contributor Amy Jeanroy, I will go over the canning steps and the reasons why you may have bubbling and gas.

One note : boiling water is extremely important in the canning process. It sterilizes the jar and contents, killing bacteria. Use boiling water as noted below.

1. Use hot water to wash the jars. You need to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 21 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Dried Tomatoes

Tomato DriedBy Thomas Cenci

So if you’re like me and you don’t have the weather to make your own sun dried tomatoes, because you live England or in a country which rains all year round, and seems to only have two weeks of sunshine, then don’t fret, because with this recipe you can make them all year round even if it’s snowing.

All you need is some tomatoes (obviously), olive oil, salt, pepper, and some garlic and thyme (both optional), you can use any tomatoes you like, but I prefer to use either cherry or baby plum as they dry out quicker, you can also use any herb you like such as rosemary or even dried coriander for that little twist.

Simply cut the tomatoes into halves Read the rest of this entry »

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