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Save money on tomatoes by making them last as long as possible in the refrigerator. Store them with the stems upside down.


Also remember that most canned tomato products can be substituted for each other with adjustments in the liquid.  It may be more thrift friendly, for instance, to use diluted tomato paste than tomato juice in a recipe depending on what you have in your refrigerator and pantry.


Here are a couple frugal recipes that make good use of tomatoes.


Stove Top Salsa


1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped green onions, tops and bottoms
1 small can chopped green chilies (mild to medium)

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 15 minutes to blend flavors.

Remove from heat.  Cool or serve warm with tortilla chips.


Homemade Tomato Chowder


2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp flour
2 cups peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes
2 potatoes, diced
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups milk
2 cups kernel corn
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt and pepper


Sauté onions, celery and garlic in butter in a large pan.   Add flour & mix.

Add tomatoes, potatoes and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce  heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.

In a separate pan heat, but do not boil, milk (or you can heat  it in a microwave).  Add heated milk and corn to the tomato mix.  Mix well. Add seasonings.  Heat but do not boil. 

Serve hot.







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