Release the Taste of Summer with Preserved Tomatoes

Enjoy a fresh and flavorful spread or pasta sauce in the middle of winter

Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce is simple, classic and endlessly versatile.

The best way to enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes throughout the winter is to pull out all of your jars from end of summer tomato canning and start using them in some of your favorite recipes. The possibilities are endless- whether you canned them crushed, diced or whole.

If you’ve yet to try canning, we hope you’ll use some of these ideas as inspiration to get started next season. Imagine enjoying a fresh and flavorful spread or pasta sauce in the middle of winter!

All Local Soup

Food in Jars

First up, and likely a favorite for many during the winter months, is a homemade soup. Food in Jars blogger, Marisa McClellan’s recipe for All-Local Soup is a great way to incorporate hearty vegetables with your home-canned tomatoes into a filling and healthy meal. In her recipe, Marisa uses tomatoes that she canned two months prior.


With the holiday season in full-swing, you may be looking for some last minute dishes to bring to a holiday party or potluck! What about a homemade bruschetta to bring warm sunshine thoughts to all? This canning recipe makes about 7 half-pint jars! Serve this on bite-sized crostini with a drizzle of olive oil and a spread of goat cheese or a basil leaf.

Tomato Sauce

Simple, but classic and endlessly versatile – next up is a simple canning recipe for Basil Garlic Tomato Sauce. You’ll be glad you made extras of this one! Empty one of your jars and heat up the sauce to top your pasta of choice for a super quick meal sure to satisfy the whole family.

Curried Tomato Preserves

Last, but not least, from The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving, comes this recipe for Curried Tomato Preserves. Add this spread to warmed pita bread and top with winter favorites like sweet potatoes or butternut squash and fresh herbs for a tasty and fresh meal.

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