Cherry Tomato Bombs Recipe

Give slightly under ripe cherry tomatoes explosive flavor with this fermented recipe. The tomatoes will literally explode in your mouth.

| Fall 2019

Photo by Getty Images/GMVozd

Yields 1 quart.


  • 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, optional
  • 4 cups slightly underripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley, optional
  • 2 stems fresh basil, optional
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, optional
  • 3 tablespoons fine sea salt
  • 4 cups distilled water (free of chlorine)


  1. Place the spices in a clean, sterilized quart jar. Add the tomatoes, leaving 11⁄2 inches of headspace. Add the herbs. Set the jar aside.
  2. In a large bowl or stockpot, combine the salt and water. Stir until the salt is mostly dissolved.
  3. Pour the salt brine over the tomatoes, leaving about 1 inch of headspace, and add a fermentation weight.
  4. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or a coffee filter, and secure with a rubber band.
  5. Set the jar in a dark place to ferment for about 1 week. Check daily after 5 days. When they’re ready, the tomatoes will burst in your mouth.
  6. When they’re done, remove the weight, cover the jar with a lid, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 weeks. This will allow the tomatoes to gain a more explosive flavor. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

For more fermented recipes, see Good Food for Your Gut. And to learn more about fermenting, subscribe to our newest sister publication, Fermentation.

Traci Smith is a Capper’s Farmer editor. She enjoys doing crafts, hanging out with her Labrador retrievers, and trying new recipes.



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