Fresh Tomato Recipes
While we love tomatoes right out of the garden, using tomatoes in fresh and flavorful recipes is pretty irresistible, too.
When cooking with fresh tomatoes, be sure to note the variety of tomato in the recipe. While grape and cherry tomatoes can often be interchangeable, a dense Roma for a hearty beefsteak tomato isn’t always the ideal exchange. As you choose tomatoes, look for those that are firm with taut skin and just the lightest bit of give. Avoid bruised tomatoes unless you are planning to use them immediately or for sauces, but do not fear the so-called “ugly” varieties! Store your tomatoes on the kitchen counter for optimal flavor – setting them stem-side down is thought to make them last longer – but they can be stored in the refrigerator if needed.
Fresh tomatoes are wonderful in all sorts of recipes, from classic sauces to chilled soups to grilling recipes. You can also swap fresh tomatoes in for your favorite recipes that use canned tomatoes. One standard 14.5-ounce can of tomatoes equals approximately 2 pounds of fresh tomatoes.
You can find even more fresh tomato flavor in our heirloom tomato collection.