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Dinner Food Facts

There's more to a meal than cooking -- putting together a proper meal requires thoughtfulness and organization. Get your basic dinner facts here.

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5 Tips for Canning Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple vegetable found in countless recipes. If you want the freshest tomatoes for your fare, you can grow your own and can the leftovers before they go bad. We'll give you five tips to help you can your bounty.


How to Know What Tomato to Use for That Dish

It's hard to imagine the American diet without tomatoes. But there are so many different varieties, and it can be hard to tell what kind to use for certain dishes.

Can you substitute tomato paste for tomato sauce?

Next time you're at your local grocer, cruise down the canned vegetable aisle and take a look at how many ways they've come up with to can a tomato. Diced, stewed, whole, sauced. But can one substitute for the other? After all, they're all tomatoes, right?

Does cooking vegetables diminish their nutrients?

Does it really matter if your carrots are boiled, steamed or roasted? Actually, it does. But that's the only simple part of the equation. Why would cooking vegetables make them less healthy?

Can you put tomatoes in the fridge?

The great tomato storage debate seems to be settled by the label on that little package of Romas warning: "Never Refrigerate." Pretty straightforward. Still, many people do just that and claim no ill effects. So, is the warning valid?

How to Dry Tomato Seeds

Tomato seeds are teeny-tiny, but they hold a lot of potential. If you extract them and dry them properly, you can create your very own heirloom tomatoes.

Why do people throw tomatoes?

Pelting unlucky victims with rotten produce is one of our oldest forms of expression. So, where did it start and why?

How to Pickle Green Tomatoes

Not all pickles are cucumbers. You can turn your unripe garden tomatoes into sweet or sour pickled delights. But how?

How many calories are in a tomato?

Just because it's healthy doesn't mean it's low-cal. Look at the mighty yet fatty avocado -- and the sugary caloric pineapple. Tomatoes are a salad staple, but just how many calories do these juicy veggies pack?

Where did the tomato come from?

You don't think twice before piling tomato slices on your sub sandwich or dragging a french fry through a puddle of ketchup, but there was a time when people actually feared tomatoes. Here's the juicy history of the tomato.

How to Freeze Tomatoes

What's for dinner? The answer is so much simpler when you can open the freezer door and pull out an entree, stew or sauce you prepared a few weekends ago. Tomatoes freeze well and can help you put dinner on the table in a snap.