Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket

August 13, 2013

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 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 thoughts on "Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix Basket"

  • Am I too late? 12:27 a.m. 8/18… at work on the east coast for a computer system software upgrade.

    My tomato memories revolve around my family’s garden when I was a kid, in the 60’s and 70’s… my parents would start tomato plants inside and we’d have at least 6 dozen plants in the garden, then come the end of August and into September would come canning season… quart after quart to then store in the cellar (almost a root cellar, our house was an old country farm house) for tomatoes for my dad’s lunch box for work, chili, topping on meatloaf, etc. It was always a family affair.

  • My grandmother and I use to put up pint after pint of fresh tomato sauce from her fresh from the garden tomatoes.

  • My dad used to eat tomato slices with salt. I remember asking him if I could have one, biting into it, and spitting it back out because of the salt! 🙂 For awhile there, I thought I didn’t like tomatoes. Silly kids!

  • I will add another comment because the first time I looked at this giveaway, the comments were all talking about berries, which got me confused that I somehow got sideways here. My favorite tomato item to can is the tomato jam recipe from your book. It has so many uses and we love it. We use it on top of meatloaf, on sandwiches (great in a grilled cheese), instead of ketchup, as a cocktail sauce, on toast and to add a little flavor to other sauces at times. It’s wonderful.

  • The first thing I canned was tomatoes. My grandmother told me a wonderful story. She owned a little country restaurant called the Scandia. She and her best friend and waitress Pat canned up about 50 quarts of tomatoes and put them in the lean to next to the restaurant. Much later in the summer on a really hot day the customers and the “girls” heard shots ring out- over and over. Everyone hit the deck, then wondered what it was. Well, Grandma and Pat approached the lean to (with some men of course)- what do you suppose they found?

  • My grandpa used to grow tomatoes and as a child I used to watch him in the garden and would love to eat with him he was the most awesome man I have known and sure do miss him