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What to do with all those tomatoes you will grow

Choosing plants that are adapted to the zone in which you live produces successful harvests, such as these tomatoes.
Choosing plants that are adapted to the zone in which you live produces successful harvests, such as these tomatoes. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Q. What can I do with all the tomatoes that I have coming besides make salads? — Heather, Los Osos

A. You can preserve those tomatoes, or make your own tomato juice or spaghetti sauce, to name just a few things.

An upcoming workshop held by the UCCE Master Food Preserver (MFP) Program of San Luis Obispo County will demonstrate how to preserve whole tomatoes by using a water bath canner and show you a variety of items to make with your homegrown tomatoes such as herbed tomato juice. For those of you who buy jars of spaghetti sauce, you may be confident enough to make your own after attending this workshop.

The MFP program is part of the UCCE and extends UC research-based information regarding home food safety and preservation to the public. The upcoming workshop will be held in the UCCE auditori um at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The MFP program also conducts classes on topics such as pickling, drying, freezing, fermenting, and canning fruits and vegetables since we often regret not using or giving away all of the fruits and vegetables that we’ve grown.

If you wish to attend the workshop, registration is required and there is a $5 materials fee. Please bring exact change or a check. Call Christine Nelson at 805-781-5944 to register.

Mark your calendars for the Master Food Preserver’s upcoming classes:

Saturday, July 25: What is fermentation?

Saturday, August 22: Pressure canning your summer bounty!

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