What can you do about the tomato shortage?
- Canned tomatoes – You can’t put canned tomatoes on a hoagie, but they work as well, sometimes better than off-season tomatoes, in sauces.
- The Cook’s Thesaurus has these suggestions: sun-dried tomatoes (reconstitute first in water) OR tomato paste (1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped = 1 tablespoon tomato paste ) OR roasted red peppers OR tomatillos OR mangos (in salsas) OR papayas (in salsas)
- Food & Wine has a slideshow with great alternatives to tomatoes – five salads that are flavorful without them
- In place of a tomato salsa for Mexican dishes, try a salsa verde made from tomatillos instead of tomatoes. Simply Recipes has a recipe that’s worth a look.
That’s about all I could find on substitutions. I do have one more suggestion. Get growing. Grab an inexpensive packet of tomato seeds and plant some seedlings that you can transplant in six to eight weeks in your yard or in containers. You’ll have a great supply of really inexpensive tomatoes that may be the best ones you’ve ever tasted.
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