tomatoes

Grow Tomatoes at Home and Make Sun Dried Tomatoes and Sauces

Thursday, May 13, 2010 by: Fleur Hupston
Tags: sun dried tomatoes, sauce, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Tomatoes have well-documented health benefits. The red pigment contained in tomatoes is called lycopene which acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Tomatoes also contain large amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and iron. Growing tomatoes at home is not difficult. Sun dried tomatoes and sauces are also simple and easy to make.

Growing Tomatoes

Choose a sunny spot and plant the tomato seeds in good, well-drained soil.

Space tomato seedlings 30 to 40 centimeters apart, in rows.

Do not over-water tomato seedlings. Irrigate the plants regularly and deeply once a week, so that the water will sink down into the soil to a depth of about half a meter.

When the tomato plants start growing, train them up a trellis. Support plants by trying them to a stake so they do not lie on the ground where they will get damaged and the fruit will rot.

Mediterranean Sun Dried Tomatoes

Not only are sun-dried tomatoes expensive to buy at the supermarket, but they are also generally laden with harmful preservatives. Sun-dried tomatoes are easy to make at home, although it takes time (around 20 days to dry). Roma or cherry tomatoes are best, although the bigger plum or beefsteak tomatoes can also be used. Use red, ripe tomatoes for the best results.

Ingredients:

Small, ripe tomatoes
Coarse sea salt
Extra virgin, good quality olive oil
Netting to keep insects and dust off the tomatoes

Method:

1. For every 3 kilograms of tomatoes, use 1 cup of salt.

2. Wash tomatoes and cut in half. Lay halves, cut side up, in a single layer on large trays and sprinkle liberally with coarse sea salt. Cover with netting, slightly raised so it does not lie on top of the tomatoes.

3. Place trays outdoors in direct sunlight for 20-22 days, until completely dried. Keep an eye on the weather and take the trays indoors at any sign of rain. Tomatoes can also be dried in an oven on a low heat until they are dehydrated.

4. Place sun-dried tomatoes in sterilized jars; fill with extra virgin olive oil to cover completely and seal.

Homemade Italian Style Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

2/3 tablespoons good quality olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1.5 kilograms red tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped
Sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped basil leaves or parsley

Method:

1. Fry the onion in the oil until it is soft and pale in color. Stir in the garlic, then the tomatoes.

2. Season, cover and simmer for around an hour and a half. Stir in the herbs. Serve as is, or blend to form a smooth, thick sauce.

3. The sauce can also be reduced to create a thick, chunky consistency. The sauce freezes well, so a big batch can be prepared, divided into containers and frozen.

http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookveg...
http://gardening.about.com/od/totallytomatoe...
http://www.newitalianrecipes.com/tomato-sauc...



About the author

Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.