Canning a surplus of tomatoes doesn't mean you're stuck with a pantry full of plain old stewed tomatoes. There are a lot of creative things you can do with your tomatoes before you can them. Aside from whole stewed tomatoes, you can also dice them up for ease of use later on, or go ahead and make your pasta red sauce. You can even can prepare meat sauce, ketchup, tomato juice and homemade barbecue sauce. If you have some okra or zucchini in your garden, can them alongside your tomatoes to pack in some extra flavor, vitamins and minerals.