Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday's Tips & Tricks: Tomatoes

In 1893 the United States Supreme Court, officially declared the tomato a vegetable.  Botanically, it is a fruit.

Tomato Tips:

1.  Tomatoes can be frozen whole.  The skins will slip off when thawed.  You will not be able to use them for a salad, but they are perfect for cooking.

2.  Tomatoes will keep longer if stored stem down.

3. Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature.  They will loose flavor and the texture will change when refrigerated.

4.  Do not use an aluminum pan when cooking tomatoes.  Aluminum pans make the tomatoes bitter and change their color.

5. Cut the acid in cooked tomato sauce by adding a little sugar or grated carrot.

6.  Plum tomatoes are best to use for making sauces.

7.  Cherry and grape tomatoes are best eaten raw.

8.  Several herbs pair wonderfully with tomatoes; such as, basil, oregano, marjoram, dill weed, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, celery seed, tarragon, chives, and parsley.

Check back on Friday, for my
Grilled Salsa recipe.

I am in Cape Town, South Africa.  
You can follow my trip by visiting my Facebook page.

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!


  1. Great tips - I didn't know about storing them stem down. My mom bought me a tomato keeper for christmas and that works pretty well...especially if they are cut. Hope you are enjoying your trip!

  2. You are back in my favourite country :) I can't follow on facebook as I have no account, and I just have this thing that makes me refuse to open one! Have a great time and say hello to table mountain for me. Diane

  3. Thanks for the good tips! It sounds like you've had lots of great food and great adventures on your trip!