Blue Ribbon Hunter traveled to Pittston, PA for the Pittston Tomato Festival where thousands of people came out to sample delicious foods made with fresh tomatoes. One of the highlights of the festival is the tomato fight, where 250 people enter an arena and throw overripe or rotten tomatoes at each other for five minutes. Contestants must wear protective goggles that they can purchase for five dollars a piece and all of the proceeds go to food charities in the area.
But they don't just throw tomatoes at the festival; they make some really delicious foods with them. Here are some of the tips we learned about cooking with tomatoes:
- When making sauce, skim off the white foam that forms on top after boiling. This is the acid from the tomatoes and keeping it in the sauce will take away from the sweetness.
- If your tomatoes are a little underripe, add sugar to your sauce to help sweeten it.
- In season, ripe tomatoes are perfect as they are. When working with fresh ripe