adding fresh tomatoes slow the cooking of certain foods?
A1. Some foods such as
rice and potatoes take longer to cook when tomatoes are added. It seems
acid from the tomatoes prevents the starch from these foods
to break down.
cooking tomato sauce in an iron pan, do the vitamins of the tomatoes
absorb some of the iron?
A2. Studies have shown
that iron utensils such as cast-iron skillets and Dutch ovens contribute
significantly to the
iron content in cooked foods. The amount that leaches into the
food varies depending on which food you are
Q3. What are
the natural herd partners for tomatoes?
A3. The natural herb
partners for tomatoes are mint, parsley, basil and oregano. For best
flavour, use fresh herbs whenever possible.
Q4. How can
you bring out the natural sweetness of tomatoes?
A4. Season tomatoes
with a pinch of sugar to bring out their natural sweetness.
could under ripe green tomatoes be used for?
A5. Under-ripe green
tomatoes are good to be used for making chutneys and pickles.
Q6. What can
over-ripe tomatoes be used for?
A6. Over-ripe tomatoes
can be used to make soups or sauces which can be stored
in the freezer for up to six
Q7. How would you
A7. To skin tomatoes,
place them in a pan of boiling water for 15 seconds and the
skins will then peel of easily.
How can you test if tomatoes are fresh?
A8. There are two tests
to tell if a tomato is fresh. One is the smell, which should be faintly
aromatic and the other is that the calyx, the stalk leaves, should look
fresh and green. Most of the tomato scent comes from the leaves and
stem, rather than the fruit itself. This is why vine tomatoes have a
Q9. How would you
make sun-dried tomatoes?
A9. To make your own
sun dried tomatoes, sprinkle equal amounts of caster sugar and salt over
halved tomatoes. Place them cut side up on a baking sheet and cook in
the oven on a low heat for 2.5 hours until most of the liquid has dried
Q10. How could
you ripen home grown tomatoes?
A10. To ripen home grown
tomatoes, place them in a paper bag with a ripe tomato and keep at room