40 pounds of tomatoes!!! Any suggestions?

@ladyluna (7004)
United States
September 27, 2007 6:55pm CST
Hello All, Well, this years vegetable garden was certainly a success. In the past two weeks we have harvested 40 pounds of tomatoes. And, there are many more ripening on the vine. I went a little crazy this spring, and planted 16 tomato plants, expecting to lose some, and have others not fair that well. Each plant grew and grew, and now we have all these tomatoes. Any suggestions on what to do with this many tomatoes?
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6 responses
• United States
28 Sep 07
That is a lot of tomatoes! Salsa, sauce, soup, just to name a few things you can do with them. If you have green tomatoes you can actually make a great jelly out of it using sugar and flavored jello.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Hello ElusiveButterfly, Thanks for sharing some more ideas. Hmmm, tomato jam? That's a new one for me. Would you be more specific about how to make tomato jam? I think I'd like to try that.
@rick_077 (36)
• Indonesia
28 Sep 07
why don't you give it to your neighbours, families and friends...and keep the rest in your freezer. Make a juice from it and enjoy your own tomatoes. After all tomatoes is a very good source of Vitamin C for you.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Hello Rick_077, Thanks for stopping by with some ideas. We don't really have a whole lot of neighbors where we live. It's rather 'the boondocks' out here. The few neighbors that we do have garden themselves. Our family lives on the East Coast, but we certainly have some friends who will gladly share in the bounty. However, I do like your idea to juice them. Hmmm, we already have a juicer, and regularly buy V-8 from the store. That's a great idea! We can make home-made V-8. Good thinking!
• Singapore
28 Sep 07
Hi ladyluna, Since you have 40 pounds of tomatoes, you can make it into tomato jam or edible products and sell through internet. Another suggestion is open a restaurant and sell off your tomato dishes. I think it will clear off the extra pounds in short time. What do you say?
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Hello Titaniumsoul, Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to hear from you. I'm thinking that we'll only get another 50-60lbs. So, commercialization probably isn't a reality. But, I do love how you 'think big'. That's a fabulous gift!
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
28 Sep 07
I think you could open up a chutney factory, I used to make chutney years ago, was very popular too, chutney and sauce is the only things I can think of, goodluck to you...
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Hello Lilaclady, Thanks for the well-wishes. I've never made chutney, although I've eaten some very yummy variations. Any good chutney recipes???
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
7 Oct 07
Lots of pasta sauce and meat sauces. Also lots of Italian dishes. You can also use the tomatoes for side dishes. If I think of any concrete recipes I'll post them below my response here.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
7 Oct 07
Wow, that's a lot of tomatoes heheheh I guess you can start of by giving some to friends and family, then you can can them if you know how to - I did it once but don't really remember how - or if you have a big freezer you can freeze them too - I usually do that when I have lots of them. Then whenever I have a recipe that calls for tomato or tomato sauce I just put them in the microwave for a minute = so the skin can be peeled really easily - and either cut them in cubes or put them in the blender. I use tomato a lot in my cooking = there's even a saying back home that roughly translates into something like " when there's tomatoes every cook is a good cook LOL " - so when I make sure that I have enough tomatoes to last me a long part of the winter.