What To Do With Your Summer Tomatoes


If you grow your own tomatoes, you’ll probably be drowning in them by now. This time of year, you’re probably wondering what to do with excess tomatoes. So, it’s the perfect time to get creative with them. But if you’re short for inspiration, we’re here to give you V8 things to make with your tomatoes.

1. Homemade Tomato Ketchup

Every household will have a bottle of tomato ketchup in their fridge (or cupboard) and what better way to save yourself some money by creating your own? It’s simple to make, tastes better and is usually a lot healthier than your regular supermarket bottle. All you need is two ripe tomatoes and a few other bits and you’re ready to go! Time to get cooking.

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2. Homemade Tomato Soup

As we approach the end of summer, we come into soup season… A.k.a Autumn! And with all your leftover tomatoes, you can make gallons of soup that can be stored and used all throughout the colder months.

3. Stuffed-Tomatoes

Ideal for a light dinner or a scrummy lunch, stuffed tomatoes are a yummy yet nutritious meal that can be customised in anyway to suit your taste. You can try risotto stuffed-tomatoes, lamb mince stuffed-tomatoes, cheese and breadcrumb stuffed-tomatoes or even create your own. They’re quick and easy to prepare, and super scrummy.

4. Tomato bruschetta

Tomato bruschetta is a classic Italian starter and the perfect way to use up a lot of your tomatoes at once. On average when making your bruschetta you’ll be using around 6-8 medium tomatoes, so this is a good way to use up a lot at once. This dish is also a fresh and tasty meal that’s perfect for summer. It can be a light snack or filling lunch depending on how you’re feeling. Check out a recipe here.

5. Spicy Tomato Aioli

Make good use of your tomatoes by creating this dreamy dip that is perfect for your fries (or veggies)! Tomato Aioli can be made in under 10 minutes and uses only 8 ingredients. Go, go, go!

6. Preserve your tomatoes

Ok, so maybe you’ve got to the point where you’ve made your ketchup, aioli and bruschetta and you’re still overloaded with tomatoes, and that’s ok!
If you want to save them for stews in the winter, then all you need to do is freeze them. But if you’re hoping when you defrost your tomatoes, they’re going to be fresh they probably won’t be… But if you want to pop a few away for cooking in the winter, you can just put them straight in. Tomatoes can be frozen for up to six months as long as they’re in an airtight container.

7. Make V8’s Gazpacho

Another easy-to-make recipe that requires six medium-sized tomatoes and will really tickle your taste buds! V8’s Gazpacho is perfect for a summer evening when you’re craving something juicy and refreshing. Try it using our recipe.

8. Spanish Tomato Salad with a side of V8

Perfect for your summer soiree, Spanish tomato salad is a great traditional crowd-pleaser for the whole family. It’s a great veggie-packed nutritious side dish that goes beautifully with other tapas dishes. And of course, tastes even better washed down with a glass of V8 original.