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Harvest Time for Tomatoes and Zucchini (What to do With The Bounty)

Updated on September 18, 2017

Ways to Save Extra Tomatoes

  1. In these photos you will see that I have pureed 18 cups of tomatoes. It's very simple. Just cut them in chunks and placed them in the food processor and hit the puree button and puree until you don't see any sign of the skins.
  2. Than pour them into airtight containers good for the freezer and freeze for future use.
  3. I used 8 cups of the puree for tomato sauce in the pot along with 2 6oz. cans of tomato paste and meatballs. (Please see the article have already posted).

Photos of Vegetables Being Harvested From Our Garden.

Tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers from our garden.
Tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers from our garden. | Source
Yours truly picking tomatoes.  Picture by my husband.
Yours truly picking tomatoes. Picture by my husband. | Source
An abundance of tomatoes from our garden.
An abundance of tomatoes from our garden. | Source
Tomatoes cut in chunks to be pureed.
Tomatoes cut in chunks to be pureed. | Source
Tomato chunks in the food processor.
Tomato chunks in the food processor. | Source
Pureed Tomatoes
Pureed Tomatoes | Source
4 cups tomato puree
4 cups tomato puree | Source
Pureed tomatoes placed in containers to be frozen.
Pureed tomatoes placed in containers to be frozen. | Source
Pot of tomato sauce with meatballs.
Pot of tomato sauce with meatballs. | Source

Reason For Freezing Tomatoes

There are a lot of people who can tomatoes. My mother in law used to do it and my grandmother. I never got into it. It's a very good way to preserve the tomatoes, just not my cup of tea, so to speak. You have to know just how to use the canning jars and when to cold pack and when to use the bath method. I don't; and don't want to take a chance of getting anyone sick. But, if that's what you do, by all means, can your tomatoes.

What To Expect From Frozen Tomato Puree

When you decide to use your frozen tomato puree, you will notice that it is a little watery. No problem because when you are making tomato sauce, you need to use tomato paste anyhow, so when you add your tomato past, it will automatically thicken the puree again.

You can buy tomato paste in a tube now, so if you are just using a smaller amount for pizza sauce, for example, you can use the tube to add just the amount you want instead of opening a whole can.

Photos of Some Uses for Tomatoes and Zucchini

Tomato and cucumber salad.
Tomato and cucumber salad. | Source
A simple and tasty summer meal; grilled chicken thighs and tomato and cucumber salad.
A simple and tasty summer meal; grilled chicken thighs and tomato and cucumber salad. | Source
Zucchini stew
Zucchini stew | Source
Rice with fresh tomatoes
Rice with fresh tomatoes | Source
Sautéing  vegetables for rice and tomatoes.
Sautéing vegetables for rice and tomatoes. | Source
Adding the cooked rice.
Adding the cooked rice. | Source
All ingredients together.
All ingredients together. | Source

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5 stars from 1 rating of Fresh Tomato Recipes

Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Zucchini Stew, and Rich With Fresh Tomatoes

Tomato and Cucumber salad couldn't be easier. Just cut up the desired amount of tomatoes and zucchini add salt and pepper and I always add chopped fresh basil (you could use dried if you like), extra virgin olive oil and about a capful of red wine vinegar. Too much vinegar doesn't go well with tomatoes.

Zucchini Stew is equally simple. This is an Idea I got from my husband's aunt. I never measure in this recipe, everything goes according to how much zucchini you have to use. Just chop an onion, a green pepper chopped in small pieces, fresh garlic-smashed, zucchini-cut into chunks and skinned chopped fresh tomatoes.

(To skin the tomatoes soak them in real hot water for several minutes, keeping the water as hot as possible. If you make one or two small slits in the tomatoes, their skins will come off quicker. As you see the skins coming loose, drain the water and start peeling off the skins from the tomatoes).

Add the chopped tomatoes to the zucchini mixture and add a pinch of sugar, salt, pepper, chopped or dried basil and chopped or dried oregano and sauté until the vegetables are cooked. This stew is equally good right from the refrigerator as it is hot.

Rice with Fresh Tomatoes is a really nice dish and hearty enough to make a meal out of it. If you have leftover rice, all the better, if not cook your rice ahead of time using the directions on the back of the package.

Heat a little extra virgin olive oil in a pan and add chopped zucchini, chopped red or white onion and chopped tomatoes; sautéing until onion and zucchini are cooked. Add the cooked rice and about 1/4 cup (or to taste) of grated Pecorino Romano cheese and salt and pepper and chopped basil and mix together and sauté for about five minutes or until the rice is hot.

Mangiare Bene!

© 2017 Rachel L Alba

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    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      10 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Nida. Thank you for visiting my articles and for the nice comment. I appreciate it very much.

      Blessings to you.

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      Nida Ormo 

      10 months ago from Bacolod City, Philippines

      Hi Rachel, It's really good fresh tomatoes from garden. delicious!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      11 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Linda, Nice to hear from you. Your comments are always encouraging. Thank you for the compliment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I eat tomatoes but not much zucchini. Your article has reminded me that I should buy some! I like your ideas for using the vegetables. The stew sounds especially tasty.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      12 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peggy, thank you for visiting and I always enjoy your comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Your garden space looks wonderful! I used to have a huge garden in Wisconsin back in the 1970s and learned how to can tomatoes. Freezing them is certainly a viable alternative if you have the freezer space.

      Enjoyed your cooking suggestions with the zucchini. I love both tomatoes and zucchini.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      12 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Chitrangada. Thank you for visiting my articles. I always value your opinions.

      Blessings to you.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent suggestions to purée tomatoes and use them in future!

      Your garden is beautiful and how wonderful to grow and use your own fresh vegetables.

      I learnt some new healthy, easy and delicious recipes from this hub. The pictures are so attractive.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, I look forward to your visits and comments. I do appreciate them. Thank you so much.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      13 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Pureed tomatoes is such a great idea! I freeze tomatoes all summer but never thought of doing this and it is such a good idea because some in the family who like tomato flavor do not like chunks (go figure-I love them!) so I can fix this for them.

      Another winner Rachel!

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