Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket

Mrs. Wages mixes

Last Thursday, I went to the farmers market to pick up my second half bushel of apricots for the season. While there, I entered an altered state of preserving confidence and ended up also buying a flat of grape and cherry tomatoes. In my defense, they were just $15, which is an unheard of bargain for 12 pints of tiny tomatoes.

I tell you this story simply to illustrate the fact that tomato season is upon us. And what better way to get ready for tomato season than with a Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix giveaway!

Mrs. Wages basket

You combine your fresh tomatoes with these mixes (they all have instructions on the back of the packet) and suddenly you’re a salsa, pasta sauce, and bloody mary star. I’ve used several of these mixes in the past to great success. They’re particularly helpful in that moment when you’re overwhelmed by tomatoes and need to do something that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.

Here’s what the basket contains:

3 – small packages of pizza sauce mix
2 – mix and serve Classic Salsa packets
2 – small chili seasoning packets
1 – Spiced Carrot Juice mix packet
1 – Bloody Mary mix packet
1 – mix and serve Chipotle and Garlic Salsa packet
1 – mix and serve Guacamole packet
1 – mix and serve Pepper Jack Queso packet
2 – Large Pasta Sauce Packages
2 – Large Ketchup Packages
1 – Chili Base Package
1 – Large Pizza Sauce Package

If you’re interested in a chance to win this giant package of tomato canning goodness, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite way tomato memory! (Note: I had a copy and paste failure last night, and so for the first 12 hours this post was live, it asked for a berry memory. Oops! Those entries are still valid, but let’s switch to focusing on tomatoes.)
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 18, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: I am a paid contributor to the monthly Mrs. Wages newsletter. However, this is not a paid giveaway and my opinions remain my own. 

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411 Responses to Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket

  1. 251
    Jean Kennedy says:

    I can so many tomato products, salsa, pasta sauce, whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato jam, I also dry them!

  2. 252
    Panhia Y. says:

    This happened just a couple years ago – but tasting my first homegrown Cherokee purple tomato. It was amazing. So incredibly sweet.

  3. 253
    Jenny says:

    Hmmm….my Midwestern childhood was full of tomatoes from grandpa’s garden. Plates of slice domes in the summer, home-canned sauce and stewed tomatoes and piccalilli all winter. But for the past 30 years I’ve lived in Alaska where there are just never enough tomatoes. Mostly. Saved for salads and BLTs now.

  4. 254
    Jen Y says:

    When we pick our first ripe fresh heirloom tomato we always have BLT’s on pumpernickle bread. Something we look forward to every summer.

  5. 255
    Donna Q says:

    Tomato Pie!

  6. 256
    Jo Marie Murch says:

    My favorite memory is the first time I saw (then ate) heirloom tomatoes. The farmers at my local market always do a beautiful presentation

  7. 257
    Christine says:

    As a kid we had a tomato garden in the backyard and I love my memories of tomato plants that were bigger than me.

  8. 258
    Jennifer says:

    Two words — tomato jam!!

  9. 259
    Thomas S. says:

    My favorite memory of tomatoes is being in my grandmothers garden and picking them off of the vine, along with squash, corn, green beans, etc. After picking everything we would go inside and prepare it for canning and for meals the rest of the week. I would always be eating the tomatoes while we stringed the beans and shucked the corn….great memories….

  10. 260
    Dena says:

    I remember as a small child helping my mom pick tomatoes from the garden, as I got older I was able to help during the canning process. Now that I am recently married, I have been able to have my own garden and do my own canning of tomatoes. I cannot wait to teach my kids how to can, just like my mom!

  11. 261
    maureen says:

    We had a concrete drive way with a big crack in it. A cherry tomato plant started growing up from the dirt in that crack. It got to b huge. The tomatoes were delicious and it produced for months, like a wonderful gift.

  12. 262
    Jan Jack says:

    Just shared my tomato jam with friends from Seattle today…. they loved it as much as my East Coast friends. Absolutely…. yellow tomato jam!!!!!!

  13. 263
    Chrissy says:

    I used to love seeing my PopPop climb out of his pick up with a lumpy grocery bag full of tomatoes he’d grown in his garden. We would eat them out of hand like apples or sliced as a side to summer meals. They were so much tastier than the grocery store ones and he was always so happy to share 🙂

  14. 264
    Debi says:

    I love remembering picking wild blueberries with my big brother in the Poconos and seeing black bears! It was thrilling!

  15. 265
    archie says:

    I love planting the seed in the dead of winter with my kids, watching them get so excited to put the plants in the ground, and then its a couple of months of discussion on who gets to eat the first cherry tomato – love it.

  16. 266
    Leanna says:

    Watching the tomato plants go from just a little thing to huge plants is a miracle. Add to that all the tomatoes that grow and ripen – WOW! I will can many things this year – sauce, soup, juice, diced, etc. and I am sure there will be plenty to share with some friends.

  17. 267
    Lisa says:

    Tomatoes out the ears!

  18. 268
    Kim Q says:

    I just started canning this year. What started me was I was at an estate sale and the house had a pantry jam packed with canned goods. The sense of accomplishment this woman must of felt! But her jars of tomato sauce grabbed me. There had to of been 50 jars! I thought who could eat this much tomato sauce. Then I got to thinking. I use a jar a week at LEAST for my family and daycare. I eat this much tomato sauce! So now I want to give this one a try. Thanks for offering this gift!

  19. 269
    t.a. helton says:

    I have memories of each and every year…going out and picking cherry tomatoes off the plant and eating them all right there. I have to do this fast, because I’m competing with my dogs! They love eating tomatoes, strawberries, blackberries, and figs. They’ve learned from their momma to pluck them gently from the bush and enjoy!

  20. 270
    amy g says:

    I love a super fresh, super sweet slab of tomato with a little salt and pepper – mmmmmmm.

  21. 271
    Jane says:

    My best memory was last summer when someone gave me a jar of their TOE Jam.

  22. 272
    Michelle Cox says:

    Helping my Grandmom make fresh tomato sauce will forever be my best tomato memory! 🙂

  23. 273
    Vickie says:

    Smoked Paprika in the tomato jam and served on top of grilled Mahi Mahi.

  24. 274
    Amanda says:

    Making salsa every year, even green tomato salsa is yummy!

  25. 275
    Hailey says:

    When the kids find hornworms on the tomato plants..the wonder!

  26. 276
    heather says:

    Having pounds and pounds of tomatoes in the garden as a kid–I never get that kind of yield where I live now!

  27. 277
    Julie says:

    I have never liked raw tomatoes. Something about the texture and the seeds. When I was little, I didn’t realize that catsup, pizza sauce, and pasta sauce were made from tomatoes. I would tell people I didn’t like tomatoes, all while happily dipping my my fries in catsup! It still amazes me that raw tomatoes can turn in something so wonderful when cooked.

  28. 278
    Jennifer says:

    A Mario Batali restaurant and an app with tomatoes, burrata and some kind of problem product. Heaven in a bite.

  29. 279
    Rebekah says:

    From reading your blog it turns out I might have accidentally tried to kill my husband by using a tomato sauce recipe that was delicious, but that I didn’t check to see was safe to can. We both survived though!

  30. 280
    Carrie says:

    One of my favorite tomato memories is watching my mom can tomatoes when I was younger. So happy my son loves tomatoes like I do. Between 4 bite size tomato plants, he picks and eats about a pint a day!

  31. 281
    Maddie says:

    Eating the tomatoes fresh off the plant

  32. 282
    KWu says:

    A strong tomato memory for me is the first time I did a CSA farm visit/open house and they put out a tray of sliced tomatoes with mozzarella, covered with a bit of olive oil, sea salt, and basil. I remember thinking that it seemed really simple but then tried it and obviously it was amazing. Last year I went on a trip to Milan and thought I’d eat lots of gelato while there, but instead I mostly ate my weight in fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.

  33. 283
    thekaygee says:

    Plucking the first cherry tomato off the vine and eating it right there. That’s my favorite tomato memory. Plus it happens every year!

  34. 284
    Jodi Schafer says:

    Planting tomatoes with my dad. Then getting to eat them together. Yummy.

  35. 285

    This is the first year that I’ve actually had a yard (or a balcony for that matter), so we have been experimenting with a few small plants before we go to a full-scale garden (we’re gardening newbies!). One of the things that we tried this year was 2 tomatoes plants – a beefsteak and a cherry tomato. I love being able to always have fresh ones in my house! The only problem? Apparently my puppy likes them too. If we dont watch her, she’ll grab them right off the vine!

  36. 286
    Deanna1001 says:

    As a kid my brother and I used to love to eat cherry tomatoes and see who squirted the seeds farthest. That’s how I learned to cut them in half when adding to a salad! These days I happily eat all sizes and varieties in season and refuse to buy those styrofoam imposters they sell in winter. Thank goodness for canning!

  37. 287
    Sherry says:

    My Mom would put up everything from our large garden that could be frozen or canned. One year she read that you could freeze fresh, wedged tomatoes to use in salads, so decided to try it. She froze them on a cookie sheet and moved them to a freezing container, they looked beautiful! She made a salad before supper and placed the frozen tomatoes in it, other than the frost crystals they looked like fresh. We all were anxious to try them, but by the time we served supper they had melted (read that deflated)! The next try was to serve the salad while they were still tomato ice cubes, which did add a bit of crunch, but they were unpleasantly cold with little flavor. The rest wound up in soups and sauces. The only failure of Mom’s kitchen experiments I can recall!

  38. 288
    Mary Ann says:

    Fresh tomato sandwiches – white bread & mayo, dripping over the kitchen sink…

  39. 289
    Mike says:

    I love making pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes.

  40. 290
    Rachel says:

    I love tomatoes! Although I hated them as a child and the one thing that seems to be causing bodily upset during pregnancy is tomatoes 🙁 I’m looking forward to being able to eat them again without issue after baby arrives!

  41. 291
    Jennifer S. says:

    My hubby and I make a lot of chili in the winter so this year we decided to can homegrown tomatoes to use in it. We may have overestimated because we have tomatoes out our ears, we just can’t seem to can them fast enough! I can’t wait to use them in our winter chili though!

  42. 292
    Colleen says:

    I remember my mom having a small tomato garden when I was younger and being so excited for me to eat the first cherry tomato it produced. I think she wasn’t as excited when I gagged and spit it out immediately. I love all things tomato now, except raw ones!

  43. 293
    Kari says:

    I have 2 favorite tomato memories;

    1. When I was a kid we would grow tomatoes in our garden, once when there were tornado drills going on my dad and I threw tomatoes at each other. Took me forever to realize that tomatoes have nothing to do with tornadoes.

    2. I have my first garden this year, we ate our first tomato hot off the vine on Saturday. Yum!

  44. 294
    jane says:

    Many years ago I had my first taste of homemade Tomato Preserves from Elsie’s vintage recipe. YUM!

  45. 295
    Candiray says:

    I’ve eaten homegrown tomatoes all my life, but had a real revelation when I tasted them roasted until browned with a bit of onion, garlic and EVOO. Now I see why it’s called tomato candy.

  46. 296
    Teresa says:

    I would Love to win this basket full of goodies. This year I started all my tomatos from seed. Unfortunately we have lost them all due to so much rain here. We do however have a farmers market where I will be able to purchase some.

  47. 297
    sabrina says:

    Favorite is fresh from my garden on crusty bread with mayo, basil, and crunchy sea salt–summer is delicious!

  48. 298
    Rebekah says:

    Last year was my first year canning, and the tomato things weren’t a huge success. Still proud of what I did, just the recipes didn’t result in my favorite flavors. Hoping to get some better batches this year.

  49. 299
    Charolette Dingley says:

    My first tomato memory was when I was 6 years old and visiting my grandparents farm in Virginia. My cousin and I sneaked into the garden and grandpa caught us eating the big juicy tomatoes!! He laughed so hard – we had tomato juice and seeds running down our chins and all over the front of our clothes. To this day I swear those were THE best tomatoes that I ever tasted!! 🙂

  50. 300
    Kandi says:

    My favorite tomato memory is bringing some homegrown tomatoes on the plane from Ohio from my aunt & uncle’s garden. I was stopped by TSA because they couldn’t figure out what was in my carry on luggage. I had decided that I would stop right there and eat them all rather than watching those precious tomatoes get tossed. Fortunately, they let me through. I am sure they had a laugh at my expense, though. 🙂