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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  • My dad picking a tomato from the garden and them making me a tomato sandwich. For some reason they were better when he made them!

  • Picking them right out of the garden and mixing them with chives out of the garden and cottege cheese. A favorite childhood snack!

  • Growing my very first one! We had a neighbor who gardened and when I was 10 or so, she started having me help her. The pride I felt when I tasted a tomato that I had grown, taught me the greatest lesson in my life! πŸ™‚

  • Opening jars of canned tomatoes, salsa and pizza sauce in the middle of winter sends the senses back to the middle of summer.

  • I love picking the first tomato of the season from my plants every year! Fond memories of doing with this with my mom as well.

  • My mom is in her 70’s and last year we canned stewed tomatoes together. This is a dear memory for me and I cherish it as I use up my last jars. We are scheduled to can more this weekend.

  • I had a friend in middle school who ate tomatoes like apples. (The February grocery-store variety, mind you…) We became acquainted at the lunch table one day when I saw her doing this and was visibly grossed out. Years later, I enjoy nothing more than a fresh tomato right out of the garden, but I’d still never join her in munching winter tomatoes. : P

  • Jersey tomatoes are a staple of summers here. Eating them warm, just picked is the best memory!

  • My dad taught us to eat a fresh tomato out of the garden with a sprinkling of sugar, the same way his dad taught him!

  • My grandma used to grow huge tomatoes every year in her garden. We would sit on her back porch with a salt shaker and eat them off the vine.

  • My grandpa always had the biggest tomato plants on the block. He would plant them in his front yard so the whole block would be jealous. I miss him. =(

  • I remember watching my Mom canning tomatoes when I was a little girl. I will have an abundance of tomatoes this year from my garden I would like to try canning.

  • When I was maybe five years old, I remember staying overnight at my Grandma’s house and ‘helping’ her can tomatoes. I distinctly remember watching her drop the tomatoes in a pot of water to loosen the skins, then cut them up with a paring knife and drop them in a big kettle to be mashed up. Grandma would make goulash all winter with her jars of tomatoes. Goulash consisted of stewed tomatoes, ground beef and elbow macaroni- sounds terrible, but at Grandma’s house it was the best thing in the world, usually served with buttered slices of bread and pickles.

  • summer time BLT’s as a kid and now as an adult.
    there is nothing better..
    fresh from your garden rocks….

  • Nothing better than fresh tomatoes from your garden, and sharing the love of gardening with your grandchildren. Hopefully they will always remember and carry on the tradition.

  • Tomato sandwiches! When I was younger they were on spongy white bread with plenty of mayo and nothing else. Now, I prefer a sturdier white bread toasted, with a moderate amount of mayo, and salt and pepper sprinkled on.

  • Learning to make sauce with my Dad. He makes the best sauce and spend an entire day lovingly teaching me how to make it. I’ve followed the recipe to a T many times since then and it never quite tastes as good as his, I think he just needs to be here with me whenever I make it πŸ™‚

  • Decades ago, my mom taught me how to make “Tomato Hot” relish that was her best friend’s family recipe. Fresh tomatoes, cabbage, spices, vinegar and sugar cook together to make this special treat that is great on peas, hot dogs, sandwiches, etc. I never make this that I don’t remember these special ladies in my life.

  • Actually, my favorite tomato memory is of a sandwich. Heirloom tomatoes, organic cucumbers, mayo and black pepper on homemade bread. Simple, delicious and memorable.

  • My favorite tomato memory is — traveling from VA to Myrtle Beach every summer and stopping at local fruit stands on our way in and getting fresh tomatoes. Everyday my grandmother and I would eat tomato sandwiches for lunch while taking a break from the beach. We actually even continued that tradition this year when we took our vacation there! Mmmm. Nothing like FRESH and LOCAL tomatoes!

  • Fresh tomato sandwich made with the summer’s big boy tomatoes. Yum! Waiting on mine to ripen on the vine now. I’m new to the NW and this is my first year with a veggie garden in this region.

  • Sitting down with the very first tomato out of the garden last year and just cutting it with a knife and fork for lunch. Nothing else, just that giant beefsteak with a little dab of mustard on each bite.

  • My favorite memory is made every year-watching the tiny tomato seeds sprout, planting and watching the vines grow, the tiny yellow flowers that promise fruit for your labor, the ever so tiny green tomato growing and eventually turning a wonderful shade of red and the anticipation of home-grown flavor, working to preserve it for the winter months to nourish your family.

  • My favorite memory is eating tomatoes straight from the vine in my paternal Grandmother’s garden (in Michigan) as a young girl.

  • Nice slice of homegrown tomato on a bologna sandwich with salad dressing!
    Mmm good! Plese pick me for your wonderful giveaway! Thanks you!

  • My grandmother made New Jersey sandwiches – tomato mayo cheese and bread. Canning though is my great grandmother’s chili sauce

  • the farm stand my parents go to, Pop’s, has all kinds of tomatoes, but our favorite by far is their brown one. its a cherry tomato and its red and green and brown. I know it has a real name, but I don’t know what it is. my daughter looks forward to those tomatoes all year long.

  • I remember my parent’s garden with their ambitious tomato plants…..and the multitude of tomatoes (green, red and stages in between) sitting on the kitchen counter! I ate more dinners of eggs and tomatoes than I care to remember that summer!

  • Not my favorite, just my most vivid… the moment I realized I was allergic to raw tomatoes. Grape, on the vine, roma… doesn’t really matter. =(

    It’s actually more of an intollerance, but certainly enough to be a problem. Next… the moment I decided I like them too much to give them up completely. Allergic reaction or not. =)

  • I remember my mom making huge batches of pasta sauce when all the tomatoes came in. It simmered all day and smelled so good!

  • We had 5 khaki Campbell ducks who loved to steal tomatoes last summer. All you would see was a shaking Bush then a duck running away with a tomato in his mouth followed by 4 other ducks. It was hilarious. Needless to say we put up better fence!

    1. Last year we took the tomato canning class with Marisa in the Perkasie area. I forget the details but we had great fun canning more than 125 pounds of tomatoes outside. It was a group project and we all walked away with several jars. So good and so fun. I would love to do it again but with my neighbors in my kitchen and back yard.

  • the first summer I grew heirloom tomatoes. I fell in love with the different colors and tastes and shapes. Now they are all I grow,

  • Last year I was excited to plant 6 nice Roma tomato plants. I looked forward to a nice yield in order to can my kids favorite spaghetti sauce. They could enjoy a little jar of love while going to college. When the tomatoes started blooming, I had everything but Roma’s! My guess is that someone changed all of the tags!! We laughed and have a fun memory.

  • This is my first real year at gardening and I’m loving it especially the tomatoes. I’m loving all the different kinds of tomatoes I’m growing! I eat more while working in the garden then I bring back into the house though πŸ˜‰

  • We are loving our tomatoes this year. Drought and deer took last years so this year we were better prepared! Picked a bushel of Romas yesterday. Salsa and ketchup this weekend—yum

  • Tomato sandwhich daily is always an awesome memory of mine πŸ˜‰ In fact I’m having a purple Cherokee for breakfast right now β™₯ Made salsa yesterday!

  • The first time I grew cherry tomatoes I served them in a salad. I thought they were beautiful. A dinner guest asked why they were so small.

  • my favorite way to use all my garden tomatoes and basil is to make tomato pie (savory) – i highly recommend!

  • What was it…. the 90’s? The first time I discovered heirloom tomatoes. When they were such an unheard of treasure and a really special treat.

  • Would love to win this. My family and I have 54 (yes 54) roma tomato plants just begging to be made into all of these. Thanks!

  • So exciting! I remember growing up our dining room floor was covered in newspaper and then covered in tomatoes awaiting processing this time of year, especially that fresh smell of tomatoes. I hope to create the same memories for my daughter!

  • my wonderful memories of tomatoes come from picking a great ripe tomato, chopping it roughly and tossing it with freshly cooked linguine, a touch of olive oil and fresh rough chopped basil!

  • I am just getting into planting and gardening. My favorite way to use tomatos though is in tomato sandwiches! Anytime friends have shared tomatoes from their gardens I have used them to make garden salsas or spaghetti sauce.

  • I remember my dad going down to the basement and coming up with one of my mom’s quart jars of tomato juice. He would then pour himself a big glass and drink it straight! I couldn’t think of anything worse as a kid!

  • My mom and I just started canning last summer. We love the salsa mix from Mrs. Wages and would love to try the other varieties.

  • A memory that comes to mind and it’s even mine but makes me laugh. When my husband was still a bachelor he lived in a trailer in a small Maine town. He grew tomatoes on his stoop, and he had a tomato thief when they were still green. He figured out it wasn’t the local wildlife but a neighbor. He still holds a grudge against her and when ever we see her in town he says ‘That’s the lady that stole my tomatoes’, it gets me every time πŸ™‚

  • I remember the year we were overloaded with cherry tomatoes. I canned them up in quart jars (didn’t even skin them). Every time I dumped a jar of canned cherry tomatoes in a soup, stew, or chili, I remembered that bumper crop.

  • The tomatoes are amazing this year. I just harvested tomatoes from my garden and sliced them on a platter with basil and red onion. Then drizzled with olive oil & balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper and brought it to work for all my coworkers to enjoy fresh, homegrown goodness! They were extremely grateful!

  • my favorite memory is when my daughter and I made our first batch of tomato sauce…. the first time we washed, peeled and filled our first jars. πŸ™‚ and that was about a month ago. πŸ™‚

  • Oh, there’s so much to do with those cherry tomatoes! I like them in aloo ghobi, I use them for a wonderful bolognese sauce with sherry in it. Green beans with shallots and popped cherry tomatoes pan cooked in a skillet. They are great cooked into lots of things. Yum!

  • This is going to sound very odd. I went through a long stretch–college then a several years after–when I forgot how much I like tomatoes. How do you forget that you like tomatoes? You only have grocery store tomatoes available to you. Then one summer while I was home visiting my family my grandfather left a huge bag of goodies from his garden for me to take home. When I got back home I stopped at the grocery store to buy fresh mozzarella to have with the tomatoes. I sat and ate the entire, very large, garden tomato. I was so stuffed!!

  • Eating the very first tomato I grew in my garden. I’d never done any gardening before, so it was a big deal for me. And boy did it taste good!

  • This summer my kids and I planted a garden. It was such a rush to see the tomatos come in and be able to run out to the garden for a snack or recipe ingrediants. We can’t wait to do it again next summer.

  • I love taking my daughter to our local fruit stand and watching her with excitement choose which color of cherry tomatoes she wants that day.

  • My favorite tomato memory is picking cherry tomatoes from our garden with my 2 year old daughter. She would eat them as fast as I could pick them! We are getting tons of Romas right now and these mixes would be the perfect way to use them up.

  • I remember picking cherry tomatoes out of my grandmas huge garden and getting trouble for eating most of them before I came back. And the yummy tomato, mayo, and black pepper sandwich! This year, our tomatoes are doing very well!

  • One year, I grew a large vegetable garden with several varieties of tomatoes.
    A new friend was at my house for dinner. He had previously told me that he didn’t like tomatoes.
    Since I knew he didn’t like tomatoes, I prepared a small plate of the classic dish for myself- sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh ground pepper & salt.
    I put it on the table and went back into the kitchen to finish the other appetizer and entrΓ©e.
    When I came back a few minutes later, I found that he had eaten almost all of the tomatoes & mozzarella… I said “I thought you didn’t like tomatoes!”
    His reply, “I don’t think I’ve ever had a real tomato before…”

  • Tomatoes are a taste of summer and Mom’s garden. My favorite childhood memory is eating still-sun-warm pear or cherry tomatoes from the vine…heaven! As an adult, a tasty, sweet, lemony-basil tomato jam (fabulous with cream cheese and crackers) has been my specialty at holiday gifting time!

  • My favorite tomato memory is watching my mother in law and her mother making homemade ketchup, and making stewed tomatoes years ago…. Yummy!!

  • When we canned our first tomatoes years ago, we would go to bed and listen for that popping sound that lets you know the jar has sealed. It was exciting to hear it then just like it is now almost forty years later!

  • Favorite tomato memory is leaning over the sink with my mom, eating tomatoes like they were apples, with the juice running down our chins!

  • My favorite memory is all the fresh tomato slices we used to have on the dinner table every night during summer (at least it seemed like every night). Love those fresh tomato slices with just a bit of salt & pepper !!

  • Last year was the first year I had grown tomatoes in a dozen years. It was also the first summer Wisconsin had seen such hot dry weather in a century. Staying up on my garden, I watered diligently; except at night when I thought the plants could get the best recovery from the watering. You guessed it: Blossom end rot. By the time the plants recovered, I was setting up tables of green tomatoes in my garage to ripen at least something. Epic fail to say the least. This year has presented it’s own unique challenges, but at least I know what I want to plant next year and only to water in the morning!

  • It seems to be the same one every year….the first taste of my homegrown tomatoes. After putting up with those store bought red blobs of absolutely no flavor I pretty much melt when I taste homegrown ones.

  • I am in a new house and anxiously awaiting tomatoes to explode here so I can can and freeze and store. I have just learned how to make fresh motz so I have been using tomatoes for that with some basil and today I made the BEST sauce in my crockpot with fresh tomatoes, green peppers, garlic scapes, and onion. OOH I hope I win.

  • I am new to tomato canning this year. We had an amazing amount of tomatoes and I have had fun canning them. Can’t wait to make chili and spaghetti this winter :0) I haven’t tried the mixes you are offering in the giveaway but I have looked at them at the store.

  • Favorite tomato memory has to be my kids coming in with handfuls or bowlfuls of cherry tomatoes. Best tomato Taste memory has to be roasting a bunch of heirlooms…so rich in taste and in color!

  • I made tomato jam for the first time last year and it was a hit with everyone. My grandmother said it was one of the favorites and she had not been able to find it anywhere. Now I will be making it every year!

  • Favorite tomato memory is making home made manwich!!! Sloppy joes are a yummy thing in my house and my first batch was a huge success last year.. can not wait for my tomatos to come in!!! still all green

  • I remember my grandpa going out to the tomato patch with a salt shaker in his pocket. I remember my mom with a huge roasting pan of tomatoes so big it covered two burners of our basement stove. I remember helping my sister carry 5 gallon buckets of tomatoes downstairs, because the basement was the only place to can during the summer when we didn’t have air conditioning! I remember when my mom started to get tired Of canning, and gave me her pressure canner- the very same canner she put up tomatoes with the day I was born. I’m carrying this tradition on- so someday my daughters can say “I remember…”

  • My favorite memory is canning tomatoes, green beans and peaches as a child with my grandma. I also canned with her when I had my own family. She started my love of canning.

  • My favorite tomato memory was the first time I made tomato jam out of cherry tomatoes. It’s a new tradition at our house. So good on white hots.