Look below to find more info about tomatoes including: health benefits, how to store, general cooking tips and tomato recipes.
Health Benefits to Tomatoes:
- Good source of vitamin C, which helps keep our bodies healthy.
- Also contains vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and potassium, which helps lower your blood pressure and your kidney health.
How to Store Tomatoes:
- Store tomatoes on the counter for up to week.
- If cooked, store tomatoes in a closed container in the fridge for up to a week.
- To remove the core, first quarter tomato. Then, angle your knife to cut out the tough core.
- To peel a tomato: Cut an “X” at the bottom of the tomato
- Add tomato to a pot of boiling water and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove tomatoes from hot water carefully with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice water.
- Peel off skin of tomato easily with fingers.
Have tomatoes on your counter that are very ripe and slightly squishy? They are perfect in this simple tomato sauce recipe.
Simple Tomato Sauce
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Leftover tomato sauce? Save in your freezer in a sealed container for up to a year.
- 1/2 Tbl oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbl dried herbs (parsley, basil, or oregano) ** OR add 3 Tbl fresh herbs (parsley or basil)
- Hot pepper flakes to taste, optional
- Add oil to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add onions into pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and stir until combined.
- Place sauce on medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally so it does not splatter.
- Add sauce to cooked pasta and enjoy!
Makes 4 servings
- Add all ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl and cover tightly.
- Cook for 7-10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.
Canned tomatoes are a great substitute if you don’t have fresh tomatoes available.
- One 28-ounce can of tomatoes equals about 10 to 12 whole tomatoes, peeled, or about 2 pounds
- One 14-1/2-ounce can of tomatoes equals 5 to 6 whole tomatoes, peeled, or about 1 pound
Try these recipes below that use canned tomatoes.
Jambalaya: This one-pot meal originated in New Orleans. It combines flavors from both Spanish and French cultures. This dish is made with rice, onions, peppers, celery, tomatoes and bold spices. Make it your own by adding your favorite meats or seafood.
Tuscan Bean Soup: This recipe originated in Tuscany, Italy. Tuscan Bean Soup traditionally uses white beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and rosemary. To serve this soup in the traditional Tuscan way, spoon hot soup over a slice of crusty bread in a bowl.
Coconut Curry: Curry was created in South Asia, but many other cultures have their own spice and flavor combinations. Curries are usually made up of a spice mixture that includes coriander, cumin and turmeric but varies all over the world. Our recipe combines both Indian and Thai ingredients.
Dal: Lentils come in several colors. Brown and green are the most common, but lentils can also be found in orange, yellow, and red. The cooking time depends on the color, see table on other side for approximate times.