5 Ways to Use tomatoes when they have gone soft!

Sunday afternoons usually consist of the kids playing in the backyard with their Far (dad) and their mum busy prepping for the week to come! I actually call this “mummy needs to be organised” it gives me the chance to plan the week ahead, prep for school lunches, get creative in the kitchen and clean out my neglected fridge.

Tomatoes are best stored out on the bench until ripen and used, however I find when the tomatoes are over ripe I put them in the fridge as they keep better until I use them in one of my meals.

This week I had a few punnets of over ripe tomatoes that needed to be used and I thought I would share a few easy ways that you can use your over ripe tomatoes before you toss them in the bin or add them to your compost:

  1. Bolognese Sauce
    Chop up the tomatoes into quarters then add directly to the pot after you cook up the meat! It is important that you let the sauce simmer for at least an hour on low heat so that it gives the tomato skins a chance to soften.
  2. Red Pasta Sauce
    Add some water to a sauce pan and when the water boils add your tomatoes. Cook until the tomato skin starts to split then remove from water and drain. Now you will be able to remove the tomato skins to add/ blitz to your favourite homemade sauce.
  3. Tomatoes for breakfast
    Perfect for those Sunday morning breakfasts! Halve the tomatoes and then add to the a roasting pan and bake for about for a few minutes and then season & oregano and then add to your eggs on toast. YUM
  4. Mediterranean or slow cooking 
    When I am putting together a yummy stew or my delicious Moroccan lamb, I often use over ripe tomatoes as I love the flavour that ripeness gives! With my morrocan lamb, I usually cut the tomatoes in quarters and use the tomatoes as my base of  tagine.
  5. Blitz away & freeze
    When my kids were babies I use to blitz the tomatoes up and store them in ice-cube trays. This was a great idea and made life handy when you are trying to add a little extra flavour to their steamed vegies or chicken dish! Raw blitz tomatoes can store from 4 to 6 months in the freezer.

Did you know? You are better off using the whole tomato as opposed to boiling and removing the skin,  as there are plenty more nutrients in the skin that you want to nourish your body with such as lycopene and beta-carotene.

5 Ways to Use tomatoes when they have gone soft!

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