How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Tomatoes, In Season in July

June 29, 2015

In July, tomatoes really get cranking. Growers with warmer weather (looking at you, California) or heated greenhouses may begin harvesting them earlier, but for much of the country, this is where it all begins. From all-purpose big beefsteak tomatoes to knobby and gnarled heirlooms to sweet-like-candy cherry tomatoes, there are as many tomato varieties as there are recipes. Admittedly, our favorite thing to do with them is just eat them raw, with a little salt, butter, or mayonnaise. On white bread, if we’re feeling ambitious.

Tomatoes walk a fine line between perfectly ripe and tragically mushy; they…