I have been making these for 25 years or better & you can either just eat them straight from the fridge or use in chili or other dishes. I use them in chili, Italian soup, goulash, eat as a cold veggie at meals when we don’t have fresh ones. You could buy them in the stores but I never could find a recipe to can them myself so I just made one up. I looked on a can of them to see what all was in them & looked up a recipe for canning whole tomatoes & married the two together & this is what I came up with. I also tried heating the veggies some before adding the whole tomatoes to heat so the whole tomatoes would stay whole better. I like it this way better.