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Ashdown, Ark. –
How can you use all of your ripe cherry tomatoes? There are not any recipes to safely
can cherry tomatoes whole; however you can cook and freeze them to be used in a sauce
or soup during the winter months.
You can also freeze whole tomatoes with the peels on. To do this, first wash the tomatoes
with running water and dry with a paper towel before cutting away the stem scar. Place
tomatoes on cookie sheets and freeze. The tomatoes do not need to be blanched before
freezing. Once frozen, transfer the tomatoes into freezer bags or other freezer safe
containers. You can use a few tomatoes at a time or all at once. To peel, just run
a frozen tomato under warm water in the sink and the skin will easily slip off.
Tomatoes are a nutrient rich food packed with vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber.
They are naturally low in sodium, fat, and calories. Tomatoes are considered a vegetable
by cultivation and nutrition standards. Botanically, it is a fruit!
This is how I have been roasting fresh cherry tomatoes in the oven this summer. First,
preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Next, wash the tomatoes and then slice in half removing
seeds, if desired. Spray a pan with olive oil cooking spray and place one layer of
tomato halves. Top with salt, pepper, garlic, and Italian seasoning to taste. Sprinkle
with parmesan cheese, if desired, and roast for 20 minutes. Serve as a side dish and
Here’s another recipe to make with fresh tomatoes!
PASTA WITH ROASTED CHERRY TOMATOES
½ pound whole wheat pasta 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 pint cherry tomatoes (estimated 25-30) 1 medium chopped onion 4 chopped garlic cloves 1 medium chopped red bell pepper 6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Yield: 6 - 1 cup servings. Each serving has 230 calories, 8g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol,
210mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, and 6 g protein.
Always feel free to stop by our office at 1411 N Constitution Ave in Ashdown or call
870-898-7224 to receive additional information. The Cooperative Extension Service
is part of the University of Arkansas Research and Extension. The Cooperative Extension
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By Celeste Scarborough, MS, RD, LD County Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Celeste Scarborough, MS, RD, LD County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
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