and take pride in not having to buy them all winter.
Paste tomatoes make great sauce, paste, puree, and salsa.
Fantastic for drying. What is special about them is that they have less juice and fewer
seeds, so you don't have to cook down a lot of watery juice. And the
indeterminate paste tomatoes have an uncanny ability to cook into a
smooth creamy sauce very quickly. We carry paste types in both
determinate bushes or indeterminate vines, so check the description.
Many people like determinate tomatoes for one big crop to process all at once.
Also called "bush" tomatoes, determinates make a sturdy vine about 3' tall, ripen a big crop of fuit all over the bush, and are done. The tomatoes are firm, uniform, and tangy-- a bit more like the kind you would get at the store than the soft juicy heirlooms. We also carry one determinate paste type. They are all good for canning whole in their own juice, freezing, and recipes.
Don't overlook cherries for drying--You just slice them in half and dehydrate.