<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=996690293685739&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />

Sweeten Your Tomatoes With Baking Soda.

Want to grow the sweetest tomatoes around? Use baking soda near your plants in the garden.
Just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants. (be careful not to get any on the plant itself and be also careful with young seedlings which are more tender.) The baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers the acidity levels. This will give you tomatoes that are sweet rather than the tart flavor that store bought tomatoes have.
As with all home remedies, be sure to test with just one plant when trying this. If your soil is already quite alkaline, it could affect the level too much by adding soda.)
You can also use baking soda with canned tomatoes when making sauce if you like. It will sweeten them without having to add extra sugar (and calories!)
  • sweeten your tomatoes with baking soda, gardening

To see more: http://thegardeningcook.com/sweet-tomatoes/

Got a question about this project?

  • Mei Han Gallagher
    Mei Han Gallagher Globe, AZ
    on Jul 31, 2014

    Very good. I will try it! Thank you very much!

  • PriceofWisdom
    PriceofWisdom Brooklyn, NY
    on Jun 5, 2015

    Wonderful. And yet another reason why I keep a bucket of baking soda in my home!

  • Ellen Talbot
    Ellen Talbot Perry, OH
    on Jun 27, 2015

    Don't recommend doing this with tomatoes used for home canning. You need the acid to safely water-bath can. (some recipes even recommend adding lemon juice to each quart). You can use the baking soda after opening the home-canned jars, when you're making whatever you're using them for.

  • Linda Anthony
    Linda Anthony Meadville, PA
    on Jun 27, 2015

    often, when eating too many home grown tomatoes, the acid plays havic with my mouth. I then use a little sugar to cut the acid, but now I will use the baking soda and avoid the extra sugar!

  • Dorothy Barbour Cook
    Dorothy Barbour Cook
    on May 20, 2017

    I always use a little baking soda in my spaghetti sauce to cut the acid. I freeze my home made sauce using tomatoes from our garden & if I use can tomatoes for instant use I also add some. Not much just about a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.

Inspired? Will you try this project? Let the author know!