Let's geek out about tomatoes
Any tomato lovers out there? I'm planning the garden for this year, and need some ideas and advice for my tomato patch.
What I really want to do this year is to reproduce some of the commercially made products I love, like dried tomatoes in oil, tomato sauce, tomato puree, chopped canned tomatoes.
Is there one kind of tomato that can do all that? Or two kinds?
I'm guessing a roma variety might be best, or something fleshy. I don't know. What do you think?
Also, how do you make dried tomatoes in oil NOT have the texture of hard, dry tomatoes and oil? The ones from the store taste amazing with a soft, chewy texture. The ones I make are just bla-boring. Could be I'm using the wrong kind of tomatoes, but probably my method sucks (put dry tomatoes in jar, cover with olive oil).
In conclusion: What variety of tomatoes should I grow this year? What's the most versatile variety/style of tomato? What are some of your favourite recipes for preserving tomatoes?