sweet pickled tomatoes

The amount of tomatoes I’ve harvested from my garden this year has been nothing short of astonishing. I was determined to grow enough so that I could live off tomato salads all summer long AND preserve many to enjoy throughout the winter…I’m well on my way to accomplishing this goal :)

With my San Marzanos, I’ve made a ton of slow roasted tomatoes which I spoon into big “ziploc” bags for freezer storage; I’ve also canned numerous jars of marinara sauce (I used the recipe in Marisa’s lovely new cookbook: Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round).

garden cherry tomatoes

My cherry tomato plants are much, much taller than me, and aside from eating the golfball sized red beauties straight up, I wanted an interesting way to can some of them. I was so happy when I came across this recipe for Sweet Pickled Cherry Tomatoes in The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux. This book was sent to me by the generous folks at Ten Speed Press a few months back and it’s been a constant companion in the kitchen ever since.

I love this recipe, but make sure you’re prepared for a vinegary punch of flavor: it smacks you right in the face if you’re not expecting it! I plan to add these tasty tomato bites to winter salads; they also make a nice “nosh” when friends drop by.

pickled cherry tomatoes

Sweet Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

Yield: 5 pints

This is a simple yet delicious way to preserve cherry tomatoes: all you have to do is place them into jars with the herbs and spices, then pour in the brine. For a tasty vinaigrette, blend 1 cup of the tomatoes (plus their liquid) with 1 cup of olive oil.

Ingredients:

*5 teaspoons dill seeds (I didn't have dill so used cumin instead)
*2 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
*10 dill sprigs
*5 garlic cloves
*8 cups cherry tomatoes, hulled and pricked with a sterilized needle
*4 cups of Champagne vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar instead)
*1 1/4 cups water
*3/4 cups sugar (I used organic sugar)
*1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Directions:

Scald 5 pint jars in a large pot of simmering water fitted with a rack—you will use this pot to process the jars. Right before filling, put the jars on the counter. In a dry sauté pan over medium heat, toast the dill seeds and peppercorns. Divide the spices among the jars, using about 11/2 teaspoons per jar, then add 2 sprigs dill and 1 garlic clove to each jar. Pack the tomatoes evenly among the jars. Meanwhile, soak the lids in a pan of hot water to soften the rubber seal.

In a pot, bring the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to a boil. Transfer the brine to a heat-proof pitcher and pour over the tomatoes, leaving a 1/2-inch space from the rim of the jar. Check the jars for air pockets, adding more brine if necessary to fill in gaps. Wipe the rims with a clean towel, seal with the lids, then screw on the bands until snug but not tight.

Place the jars in the pot with the rack and add enough water to cover the jars by about 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil and process the jars for 15 minutes (start the timer when the water reaches a boil). Turn off the heat and leave the jars in the water for a few minutes. Remove the jars from the water and let cool completely.

Reprinted with permission from The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux by Paul Virant with Kate Leahy: copyright ©2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

pickled cherry tomatoes

And now for the giveaway. The sweet canning experts at Ball have offered up a Canning Discovery Kit (which includes 3 pint jars, a canning rack, an instruction booklet and recipes) to one of my readers, along with the fabulously trustworthy Ball Blue Book of Preserving.

This is a great giveaway for those of you new to canning!

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents over 18 years of age only. This giveaway will end on Sunday August 26th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

To enter, please leave a comment below :)

Thank you and good luck!

More ways to preserve summer tomatoes:

Five Ways to Preserve Small Tomatoes from Food in Jars
Freezing Tomatoes from The Kitchn
What To Do With 25 or 50 Pounds of Tomatoes from Mrs Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen
How to Make and Store Sun Dried Tomatoes from Healthy Green Kitchen
Peeling and Freezing Tomatoes from The Joy Kitchen

 

89 Comments

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    Jane Bauer — August 23, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    I’ve been busy canning plums and peaches already. I haven’t thought about canning cherry tomatoes, and the recipe above seems very easy. Since I have some beautiful red cherry tomatoes and also small yellow pear tomatoes I may make a batch tonight. The jar will be very pretty for sure.

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    Sam H — August 23, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    I’ve been on a pickling spree this summer… especially with weird fruits! Peaches, grapes, and now I have to try tomatoes! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    TracyLea — August 23, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I have always wanted to can but I currently live in an apartment and don’t have a garden or much space. :( I always tell myself when we move next I will have a house with a garden and I will start canning. This kit is something I could use now with produce from the farmer’s market. Small batch canning seems accessible for those of us in apartments. I’d love to give it a try. I think it would be a great introduction into the world that is canning.

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    Lauren Sauer — August 23, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    These look fantastic! I’m going to try them this weekend. We have SO many cherry tomatoes right now. Also trying my hand at pickled cherries for the first time.

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    Michelle M — August 23, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Mmm…cherry tomatoes. I’ve never tried preserving them, but love the idea of roasting and freezing!

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    Tina — August 23, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I’ve had so many tomatoes growing that I’ve resorted to donating them lest they rot on my counter.

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    Julia — August 23, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    I am glad to see someone else using Paul Virand’s book and enjoying it. I made the Blueberry aigre doux and am curious to find how it turned out.

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    DeAnna — August 23, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    These look wonderful! My garden is bursting with cherry tomatoes right now, but I’ve never tried pickling them.

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    Flavia — August 23, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious. I have loved pickled vegetables all my life. In Italy, there is something called “giardiniera” which is a mixture of pickled cauliflower, carrots, peppers and sometimes a few other vegetables. It is served as an appetizer to stimulate the palate before dinner. Your tomatoes sound like they would taste very similar. I love anything pickled–the more vinegar the better! My family teases me about it all the time–they think my stomach is made of stainless steel! :) Thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway too. I am studying about canning right now because I have never tried it and really want to learn. I’m hoping to can at least one thing before the holidays so I can give homemade gifts to friends and family.

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    Julie S. — August 23, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Since getting laid off from my job and resorting to part-time freelance work, I am planning to try canning (and doing anything I can do to save money). I was always an avid gardener, but this past year I’ve definitely increased how much food I grow. Having garden-fresh tomatoes year-round would be heaven!

    So far, I’ve only made gardineria, pickling it to last for a few weeks in the fridge, and freezing some veggies, but I’m really anxious to try canning foods to store for long periods of time. Delicious tomatoes in Pittsburgh in December? It just might be possible for me! Thanks for posting this recipe and instructions.

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    Simona — August 23, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Enjoy some of your tomatoes for me! I cannot grow them where I live due to our cool summers (about which I don’t complain), but fortunately I have a CSA box and the farmers’ market to keep me tomato-happy. Like Flavia, I love giardiniera and every now and then consider making it at home.

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    Eileen — August 23, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    Wow–I’ve never tried pickled tomatoes! It’s a really interesting idea. Now I have to know how they taste! :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    Cindy — August 23, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    I’ve always been intrigued by canning, but I’ve been afraid to try. Those tomatoes might make it worth a shot. That vinaigrette would be lovey in January.

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    Oui, Chef — August 23, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Oohhh…I’ve never heard of pickled cherry tomatoes before, what a great idea. Just the thing to spice up a winter-green salad!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 23, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I’d love to try canning! These pickled cherry tomatoes look heavenly!

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    gail — August 23, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    thanks for this giveaway

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    Paula — August 23, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Those tomatoes look wonderful! I have only canned jam, but as young teen growing up would help my Mom can everything from our garden. Will have to try these tomatoes. Love the idea of cumin.Thank you you for the give away.

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    Vaishali — August 23, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Would love o win this. thanks

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    Anna — August 23, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    I am just getting in to canning. So far I have made jalapeno jelly, canned squash, and chicken broth.

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    Tara — August 23, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I miss having a garden to pick from now that i live in the city, but have always wanted to try canning. This kit looks like a perfect way to start, since I’ve always been too scared to try before.

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook — August 23, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    I keep promising myself that this will be the year I learn to can, but time is running out! Help!

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    art and lemons — August 23, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    I have yet to pickle tomatoes. We’ve been on a bread & butter pickling surge over the last month. Time to change things up a bit and this recipe looks like the one!

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    MaryJo Johnson — August 23, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    Thanks for the recipe and giveaway! I plan to can!

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    Ashley B. — August 23, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    How can it already by canning season–this canning set looks like a simple way to make wonderful treats to enjoy all winter long!

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    Sarah D. — August 24, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    Oh, this is a great recipe and giveaway!!

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    Angie B. — August 24, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    I just took a canning and preserving class near my place in Brooklyn, would LOVE to start doing this at home with goodies from the farmers markets!

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    Cindy B. — August 24, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Your tomatoes look great, I would love to do more canning.

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    Alice Minasian — August 24, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    This recipe looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it :)

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    Mandy L. — August 24, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Very nice giveaway! Would love to start canning!

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    Michelle — August 24, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I’ve been wanting to start canning – this would be great!!

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    Stephanie — August 24, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Looks like a great starter kit! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Renee Richardson — August 24, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I have always wanted to can and recently it is something I am really interested in. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — August 24, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    As much preserving as I do, it’s never occurred to me to pickle ripe tomatoes. You’ve peaked my interest and I’m adding them to my list! Have a great weekend!

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    Sonya — August 24, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    mmmm….the tomatoes look so good! I would love to learn to can my own food. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    bekee — August 24, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    we, too, have more tomatoes than we know what to do with! i haven’t delved into canning tomatoes, as simmering in the crockpot all day and freezing just seems so much easier. but, i’d like to try it! :)

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    Mrs. Z — August 24, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    This would be a great way to get my family to start exploring the world of canning! Thank you, not only for the giveaway, but for the great site too!

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    Denise — August 24, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Just started canning and pickling this summer, and am trying out new recipes whenever I can. Must try this one, plus it looks beautiful in the jar! Would love a chance to win this set, so that I can be safer in the kitchen and perhaps finally claim myself as a home canner!

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    Susan C — August 24, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I have not canned much – I am not very confident in my canning abilities and don’t want to poison anyone! LOL This sounds like just what I need.

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    Urban Wife — August 24, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Your tomatoes look fantastic ~ I’m slightly jealous! :) Also, I need some serious help with learning how to can. It’s pathetic, really.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    manda — August 24, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    I would love to start canning! Love the giveaway!

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    Amy Fowler — August 24, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    What a wonderful and easy way to preserve tomatoes. I just tried to make my first batch of dill pickles! I hope they come out! :)

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    Erin — August 24, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I have been wanting to get into canning for awhile now… This would be a great way to get my feet wet!

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    Felice — August 24, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I really want to give canning another try. A couple of years ago I managed to can some pineapple jam but it seemed difficult. This kit looks like it would makes things a lot easier.

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    Rachle — August 24, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    I can’t wait to try this, I’ve never pickled tomatoes before…. Hopefully I’ll have a canning starter kit to use when I give it a go.

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    Sarah Monahan — August 24, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    I am a canning junkie! Here in Michigan out tomatoes are just starting to come in. I can’t wait to try this one!

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    Nicole — August 24, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    We love pickled cherry tomatoes! Even though cucumbers are our favorite pickled veggi’s, there are so many other great ideas. Thanks for all of your inventive ideas and great facts. I am always ready to to read more so keep it coming!

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    Jan — August 24, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    This recipe would make great Christmas gifts for our group of friends. Many of them love pickled anything, so these tomatoes would be a treat. The farmers market has lots of cherry tomatoes in different colors right now. A jar full of red, orange, yellow and purple tomatoes would look really great (and be tasty too)! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    nicole — August 24, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I have always wanted to can but it seems like such an ordeal. That kit makes it look easy though.

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    Tanya Bromley — August 24, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    i’ve always wanted something different to do with all my “extra” cherry tomatoes, now I feel like I need to run to the kitchen and try this recipe out! I wonder would green ones work too?

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    Melissa Frost — August 24, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    I can’t wait to try your pickled cherry tomatoes!

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    Abi — August 24, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Me! Me! Please pick me! Not so humble or gracious, now am I? And, a lovely post, as always.

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    Susan — August 24, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    That looks good for small batch canning. I have never tasted pickled tomatoes, I am intrigued.

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    Anjana S — August 24, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    I am new to canning would love to start making my own jams and jellies.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Shannon — August 24, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    I’ve never canned but like others, have wanted for some time! This would be the motivation I need!

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    Elaine M — August 25, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    Canning is great for those of us who have family members with food intolerances (allergies). We know what is in the jar!

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    Meghan Finley — August 25, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    Awesome giveaway. I love to can!

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    Heather m spaniel — August 25, 2012 @ 1:46 am

    My mother cans all the time, but I’ve yet to try. This kit would help me get started

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    Brighid — August 25, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    What a cool canning rack! I’ve only seen the soon-to-oxidize aluminum ones! This would be wonderful to win!

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    Pam Mullins — August 25, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I just found your facebook page and love it, I really need to know how to can and this would love to win. This is wicked kewl, we just moved out of the city and this would give me something new to do:)

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    Mary B — August 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    I really love the treat of the canned and frozen summer vegetables when the snow is flying.

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    meredith — August 25, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I’ve never canned before, but I want to learn in order to have fun veg in the winter too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sara P. — August 25, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    I have been wanting to get into canning for quite a while. Would love to win this!!

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    Karyl Is — August 25, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Since I am new to canning this would be a great help ….should I win. On my way to try my hand at sweet pickled cherry tomatoes. Good Luck to all !

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    David underhill — August 25, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Recipe sounds yummy, i am new to canning and plan on trying this recipe!

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    Kelli Schaefer — August 25, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    Today we canned potatoes (30 lbs), 12 jars of marinara sauce and pear vanilla jam. Tomorrow more pears. Next weekend apple sauce and grape jam. Already did stewed tomatoes and strawberry rhubarb jam. Too fun!

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    em — August 25, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    i love ball jars. :) i’ve wanted to start canning ever since starting a garden this year.

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    Cathy — August 25, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    I have made jam but never canned tomatoes. I think I’ll give it a try seeing I have so many cherry tomatoes in my garden.

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    Tina H. — August 26, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    Just found your blog and I LOVE it! I’ve always wanted to try canning. What a nice giveaway!

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    nik — August 26, 2012 @ 3:08 am

    So I had to check out “The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux.” (First I had to look up “Aigre-doux”…I believe it’s a French term for sweet and sour sauces.) Squealingly fabulous recipes! I wouldn’t know where to start…well maybe I would. Bittersweet Chocolate Marquise with Summer Berry Jam! Then maybe Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Brandied Figs just for fun. :)

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    Amy — August 26, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    I needed this recipe! I have so many cherry tomatoes and had no idea how to preserve them. Thank you!

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    Lynn — August 26, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    Lovely idea for cherry toms! Too bad I’m having pollination issues all over my garden this year… but NEXT year…

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    Katie — August 27, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Finally, something to make with all my little tomatoes! thanks!!

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    Lori B — August 28, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    What a nice giveaway! I’d love to try some small-batch canning, if I win this Ball kit.

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    Nancy — August 28, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    Thanks for a great idea on canning the cherry tomatoes. I plan to give it a try! Would also love to win the canning kit.

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    Natalie — August 28, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    a home canning discovery kit? How fun!

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    margie byington — September 12, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    I grew cherry tomatoes for the first time this year and will enjoy this recipe!! thanks!

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    Joy Bruen — October 4, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    I have never canned before. Not sure how to start so I keep looking for easy tips

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    Laurie — May 2, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I usually stick to jelly and was thrilled with my first batch of lemon jelly this year. I have also started picking! So far I have made pickled cucumbers (bread & butter and sweet & spicy), asparagus, and carrots. Tomorrow I will make my first pickled tomatoes. I can’t wait to try this out! Good luck with the giveaway everyone!

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    Janis Wade — June 26, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    We have an abundance of cherry red tomatoes. They look so pretty in the jars! Can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ralph Reed — July 31, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Me, and my family, are REALLY grateful for your sharing attitude and healthy contribution to our dining table and pantry. This is my first year back at canning and I have developed a passion for it also. (Thanks mainly to your directions.) I saw Ball at our local Lowes store and purchased their products. We like to support the companies that are giving members of the community. And Ball with their products fits that niche nicely.

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    Kara Laskowski — August 3, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    Terrific idea! I’ve spent the day making shrub – the more vinegar, the better. And a great contest, would love to win.

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    Linda Nuttall — August 11, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    I grow tomatoes to put up both chili sauce and salsa to get us through to next year. This does not solve the excess production of cherry and grape tomato plants!! This is the second new recipe within the week to use cherry tomatoes in delicious ways. Can’t wait to process some – and taste the results! Thanks

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    Linda Nuttall — August 11, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    Hi 2013 posters, after commenting I re-read original post. Seeing there were only 3 comments from 2013…the contest portion was last August. 2012. Bummer. Recipe sounds good still :)

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    Nora D — August 15, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    I’ve never pickled tomatoes, but I liked it.

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    Nora D — August 15, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    This is my first time to pickled tomatoes. It was good.

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    Jody Kevett — August 15, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    Thanks so very much for the recipe! It is exactly what I was looking for.

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    Sheri B — August 19, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    This is my first year canning. I too have an abundance of cherry tomatoes. I will be trying this recipe this week.

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    Kathleen hartley — August 22, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    I love canning and just recently started getting back into a bit. I no longer have alot of people to feed but i now do it because the food is so much better and i can make my own pickle recipes. I love eating from my gardens in this way all winter long. When its snowing outside im eating awesome summer garden foods… I love it. The only thing i freeze now, because of winter power outages, is blueberries. I just made some awesome zucchini relish that you would never even know was zucchni. Great stuff…

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    Charles Babb — September 19, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the tips I will try for the 1st time to save my excessive crop of cherry tomatoes