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Tomato Tips

How to Store

Store at room temperature; do not refrigerate, which will diminish the flavor. To speed the ripening, place tomato in a plastic or paper bag poked with a few holes. Placing an apple in the bag will speed up the process; just don’t leave in too long.

How to Pick

Look for deep color and firm texture. Skin should not be wrinkled, and tomato should have an aroma for a stronger flavor.

How to Cut

To make slicing tomatoes easier, use a serrated knife (bread knife).


Homegrown at Home

[Photo: Tomato sauce in a saucepan next to some tomatoes on the vine.]

Simple & Satisfying

  • Serve sliced with salt and pepper, pesto, balsamic glaze, or curry spiced yogurt.
  • Puree in a blender and make marinara and pizza sauce for now or freeze for later.
  • Cut in half and rub on toast or crostini to flavor.

[Photo: Tomato skin care tonic in a glass.]

With a Twist

  • Use for skin care to help relieve redness. Mix equal parts fresh tomato juice and aloe vera juice. Rub a tablespoon of this mixture into your face; let rest for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. Keep the refrigerator in-between uses.
  • Cut tomatoes in half and rub directly on sunburn to relieve redness and shorten how long skin is affected.


Homegrown Tomato Recipes