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Use up those Tomatoes, before you have to throw them away.

Updated on September 25, 2013

A Bounty of Tomatoes.

This is where it all starts.  We planted tomatoes seeds in mid-April.
This is where it all starts. We planted tomatoes seeds in mid-April. | Source
This will do until the garden produces the tomatoes to process for the winter months.
This will do until the garden produces the tomatoes to process for the winter months. | Source
A spritz of filtered water and a few squeezed ripe tomatoes make a delicious side dish.
A spritz of filtered water and a few squeezed ripe tomatoes make a delicious side dish. | Source
I try not to waste anything. When Italian bread is too hard to eat, I soften it with water & crushed tomato, then add them to the soup pot.
I try not to waste anything. When Italian bread is too hard to eat, I soften it with water & crushed tomato, then add them to the soup pot. | Source
I like the denseness of plum tomatoes which I use for tomato sauce.
I like the denseness of plum tomatoes which I use for tomato sauce. | Source
This is my most requested signature dish.  It holds up well for summer picnics.
This is my most requested signature dish. It holds up well for summer picnics. | Source

Hold The Mayo...

It's that time of year again. The Farmers Markets are bursting at the seams. I picked up a large basket of tomatoes for $5.00. In case you are wondering what can be done with so many tomatoes, I have a recipe that everyone loves! I'll share it with you in a moment. The first thing that I do is pick through the tomatoes and figure out what I can make with the most ripened tomatoes. If it's still cool outside, I'll cook up a vegetable/chicken soup. If it's warm, I put together my Crowd Pleasing "Mayo-less, Tomato-Potato Salad." (or "Mayo-less, Potato-Tomato Salad.") It works both ways. This salad holds up well for an outdoor picnic or bar-b-q, because no Mayo is used.

Francesca's Tip of the Day:

People ask me how I know, how many potatoes to cook for my picnic salads. Here's my formula: One Large or Two Medium Potatoes per person, and One Large Tomato for every 2-3 people. It works all the time.

Recipe for "Mayo-less, Tomato-Potato Salad":

1 Large (or 2 Medium) Potatoes for each person (cooked, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces.) I used 8 Large Potatoes for this recipe.

1 Large Cut up Tomato (for 2-3 people) In this recipe I used 3 very large tomatoes.

3-4 Chopped Scallions

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 Cup Olive Oil (or to taste, sometimes I use a little more if the potatoes absorb more oil than usual.

Put all the potatoes and tomatoes in a large bowl, add the Salt and Pepper, Olive Oil, scallions and toss. Serve room temperature for the best results. The potatoes can become too starchy if you chill this salad. This recipe serves 8 adults.

Here's another quick snack for Fresh Ripe Tomatoes:

Day Old Italian Bread

Spritz of Filtered Water

A Few Teaspoons of Good Quality Olive Oil

Sprinkle Oregano Flakes

Crushed Garlic Cloves (2-3)

Salt and Pepper to Taste

2 Large Ripe Tomatoes (Crushed and Chopped)

The bread may be a little hard, that's ok. Break up the bread, wet it down a bit with some filtered water, then put the bread in a bowl, sprinkle with the crushed garlic, Oregano Flakes, Olive Oil, and crushed tomatoes. Add some salt and pepper and you are good to go. Enjoy!

Another Tip:

When you harvest your tomatoes and want to store them for the winter, you can either Can them or Freeze them. I wash the tomatoes, dry them and place them in a zip lock freezer bag. They are easy to stack in the freezer. Then in the winter months take a bag of tomatoes out of the freezer, put them under warm running water and the skins will come right off. Then put the tomatoes in soup or turn them into a sauce. They cook down well. I've been doing this for years.

Until we meet again... Francesca27


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      NTR57 6 years ago

      I've never tried potato/tomato salad. Since I like potatoes and tomatoes, I'll give this a try.

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      Debra Cornelius 6 years ago from Georgia

      The salad sounds interesting if we can keep tomatoes long enough. Fresh in season tomatoes disappear around here with just a sprinkle of salt & pepper!!!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      I know what you're saying DayLeeWriter. It's hard to keep up with "Maters" as they ripen, however, a few of my neighbors are Mater Lovers also, so we share from our tomato harvest all the way into the Fall.

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      dcstepheno 6 years ago

      One of the great falacies of gardening is that growing your own tomatoes is a worthwile effort. I used to grow four or five varieties of tomatoes every year so that I could "pick them right off the vine" amd eat them on my way into the house. These days I can't ever get to them before the squirrels pick off the ripe ones, so my tomatoes are really just food for the wild creatures. And once you calculate the cost of fertilizing and watering, plus all the time staking and picking off defoilating insects (don't even start me on verticillium wilt!), you wind up paying about $5.00 for each tomato. Better to buy them by the basket and let the folks at the farmers market make a decent living. Recession busting begins at home.

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Have you ever tried raised bed gardening? You don't need to use fertilizers if you use your own compost. We put a scarecrow near the garden and tied 1/2 a pie tin to each of his hands, (so they move with a breeze.) The squirrels and birds don't bother our garden since the scarecrow has been on the job.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Thanks for your hub page! We're looking a a bumper crop of tomatoes and need all the ideas we can get! My wife uses a little Texas Pete in her potato salad, wonder if it would work in this recipe as well.

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      jbhearn95 6 years ago

      Looks yummy, I will try this and add a few more vegetables. Thanks!

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      WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

      You are a fountain of useful information! Your great recipes should be published in a book. I will be trying this recipe. Thanks.

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      NTR57 6 years ago

      I agree with WandasHomePlace, you should get your recipes published in a cookbook!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago

      Ah, thank you WandasHomePlace and NTR57. Maybe someday, however, I'm still working on many recipes. Thanks for stopping by my hubs.

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      gidget911 6 years ago

      Looks delicious, I like tomatoes, especially tomato and mozzarella with a little olive oil, and black olives, yum.

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      chonett 6 years ago

      Good recipes, Fran! I've got to try the mayoless salad very soon be-

      cause it sounds delicious and simple to make. Thanks!

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Good recipes for a vegetarian. My problem is that I eat fresh in-season tomatoes almost to the exclusion of other foods when they're available. I eat them out-of-hand in the same manner as an apple, slice them with cucumbers and munch them as a snack, not to mention adding them in large quantities to salads. It's rare for a bag of tomatoes to last long enough to make it into an actual recipe, but I'll try to keep one safe in order to use your recipe!

      I visited my local Farmers' Market yesterday, and have already diminished my tomato purchase by nearly half (every meal and snacks). I really like the acidic variety of tomatoes, and by consuming them "as is" make the inside of my mouth sore from the acid every summer. They are worth it, though! Bella tomatoes!

      JAYE

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi JayneWisdom, I get the same thing inside my mouth from apples. I was eating one a day but had to cut back because of the mouth sores. My husband can't keep his hands off tomatoes. So, I buy an extra basket just for him. He takes one or two to work with him. Did you know that you can freeze tomatoes, whole. Just wash them, dry them and put them in large freezer bags. I do this when the garden is overflowing with "maters." Then, in the winter I pull a bag out for tomato sauce or soup.

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      My Stories 6 years ago

      I am going to try the tomato/potato salad. I love recipes. Send more!

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi My Stories, I'm working on new and improved recipes... stay tuned.

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      A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

      Oh, these recipes sound quite delicious Francesca27. I like to use a little oil and vinegar in my potato salad, but adding tomatoes is a new way to try them. Thanks for sharing this with us. Yummy! :)

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      Francesca27 6 years ago from Hub Page

      Thanks for stopping by, A.CreativeThinker. In the summertime, when vegetables are overflowing in the fridge, I add cucumbers, bell peppers, sweet onions and anything else that needs to be used up. Everyone likes the variety.

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      A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

      I know what you mean, I like to mix it up, when making salads too. Tomatoes are one of my favorites because you

      can do so many dishes with them. Thanks again Francesca27! :)

      Regards,

      A.CreativeThinker

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      WandasHomePlace 6 years ago

      The potato salad without mayo was wonderful!

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      ajthesmeagol 6 years ago

      What beautiful tomatoes. You have a red thumb.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is always a good idea to know what to do with tomatos. I always have a bunch around and sometimes have to throw them out. Thanks for all these great suggestions.

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      Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

      Hi Carol7777: I'm about to write a new hub about quick tomato sauce. I'm writing this especially for you! Should be up in a day or two. I'll stop by your hub soon.

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