Juicy summer cherry tomatoes are such sweet little treasures, I almost consider them a "sorry about that" for our brutal Midwestern winters.
And whether you grow them in your vegetable garden or grab them at the grocery store or farmers markets, the options to work these juicy little tomatoes into a delicious recipe are as scrumptious as they are endless.
What to Do with Cherry Tomatoes
Check out some of our favorite cherry tomato recipes below from the best food bloggers around. I have a feeling you're about to find your new favorite recipe.
And if you're up to your eyeballs in an over-abundance of cherry tomatoes, you'll find several different ways to preserve them by making sauce or jam, dehydrating them, or roasting them in the oven or air fryer.
Keep scrolling for tips on how to pick, store, and freeze cherry tomatoes.
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When to pick cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes generally ripen around 60 days or so after planting. They are ready to pick when the color has changed from green to red -- or orange or yellow, depending on the type of cherry tomatoes you planted -- and they are easy to remove from the stem.
How to pick cherry tomatoes
Ripe cherry tomatoes are very easy to harvest and will practically fall off the stem with very little effort. You don't even need scissors or a pruner. To pick cherry tomatoes, use gentle pressure to pull them off the vine one by one. If all of the cherry tomatoes in a cluster are ripe, you can also snip off the entire stem.
How to store cherry tomatoes
Store cherry tomatoes at room temperature on the counter in a bowl and plan to eat them in a few days.
Can you freeze cherry tomatoes?
Yes, cherry tomatoes are really easy to freeze! Just wash and dry them, place them on a baking sheet in a single layer, and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the cherry tomatoes to an airtight container or freezer bag.