Four Ways to Preserve Tomatoes for Wintertime Meals


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Heirloom Tomatoes, photo by Sheryl Campbell

The amazing variety of tomato varieties fill our summer meals with complex tastes from smoky to fruity, tart to sweet, citrusy to mild. But what a shame if it ended in the fall. There are so many ways to preserve tomatoes that you can enjoy their delicious flavors all year ‘round.

Let’s look at each of the ways that I preserve tomatoes and some of the ways I use them throughout the year, especially winter and spring when I crave fresh tomato taste. Tomatoes preserve well in jam (really!), dehydrated, roasted and frozen, and canned (alone or with other vegetables).

Tomato Jam

In Cooking with Heirloom Tomatoes I showed you how to make Tomato Jam and use it on pizza. It also brings a deep flavor to appetizers when spread on goat cheese over cracked pepper crackers. Try it on grilled cheese sandwiches for a surprising taste twist!

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