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5 Things To Do With Tomatoes

Updated on April 28, 2012

How many times have you looked in the bottom of the fridge at all those tomatoes just sitting there, and wondered what can I do with them? Or seen your local fruit and veg store or market getting rid of large boxes of ripe tomatoes at bargain prices? Maybe you or a neighbour grows tomatoes in the garden and there are plenty to go around at harvest time.

Well, I have a few simple ideas you may want to try. There are no measurements, it's meant to be for how much you have on hand and using a rough eye and your own taste, for you to make delicious meals or snacks.

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1. Cherry Tomatoes

Grab yourself a punnet of Cherry Tomatoes and cut them in half (or 1/4 if they are larger than normal) and dress them with some extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic, dried oregano, pepper, salt and a pinch of sugar. Now, just leave them to marinate for at least an hour before serving.

2. Salsa

By simply dicing up some lovely ripe tomatoes and combining them with diced red onion, finely diced chillies (red or green, it's up to you and how hot you like it), corriander, lime juice and salt, you have a nice zingy salsa that you can use with Mexican dishes or just scoop up with corn chips.

3. Simple Sauce

Using ripe tomatoes, chop them up with some crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon zest, salt, pepper, fresh herbs such as rocket or basil and some pitted olives (I prefer Kalamata, but use whatever you like). Leave them to marinate while you cook some Pasta. Then simply drain the pasta and combine it with the sauce topped with some shaved Parmesan cheese. Great on those warm days for a lazy lunch or for when you want something quick after work.

4. Soup

Finely slice an onion and saute in some good olive oil until soft. Add in some crushed garlic, Tabasco and plenty of chopped tomatoes then saute for a few more minutes. Roughly chop up some basil and add to the pan with some vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer until well cooked. Add a can of cannellini beans (drained and rinsed), salt and pepper to taste and heat through. Serve this soup topped with roughly torn basil and a home made garlic bread on the side.

5. Roasted

Halve ripe tomatoes and place on a lined baking tray cut side up and sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and chopped fresh oregano. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and roast for one to two hours in a very low oven until just beginning to brown around the edges. You can serve them either warm or cold.

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      I'll never run out of ideas what to do with my tomatoes. I'm a huge tomato fan! I like your delicious idea for the soup. I'm sure to try it soon.

      Great hub!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks VL & Daniels24! Tomatoes are awesome and so versatile. I hope you enjoy trying out a few of the methods.

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      Meg 6 years ago from UK

      will try these out thankyou, interesting

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sounds great! I also like them on the grill! And someone mentioned a tomato sandwich. I can eat those one after another. Good ideas about the soup, sauce, and salsa. That helps to use up extra tomatoes in a hurry. I love tomatoes. Awesome hub. Voted up!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great ideas with tomatoes. Would love to try the roasted tomatoes soon.

      Nice hub.

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      Brandon Lobo 6 years ago

      nice idea on the simple home made sauce, I'm sure to try it one day.

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Great idea, thank you chefsref!

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      Lee Raynor 6 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey InTune

      Good ideas all. This hub fits well with my hub

      So I added a link!

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for your nice comments guys! I am pleased you find them enticing enough to try. Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We are big tomato fans at our house and never seem at a loss as to what to do with them. Thanks for sharing some new ways that I will try soon. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Shwetha Shetty 6 years ago

      Wow! What a great ideas will definitely try this

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      InTuneWithCooking 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the feedback Cousin Fudd and onegoodwoman!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      I like a tomato sandwhich!

      Sliced tomatoes compliment many various meals.

      Oh, yeah, I could go the entire summer on tomatoes and cucumbers.

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      Cousin Fudd 6 years ago

      Great ideas and never tried roasted, sounds interesing