Preservation Technique: How to Freeze Tomatoes

Some posts are worth repeating.

Freeze tomatoes and eat local throughout the year! Did you know that you can freeze tomatoes? I found that out last year and froze so many bags of tomatoes.

Freezing tomatoes is SUPER easy. Here’s what you do:

  1. Select tomatoes without blemishes and bruises; wash.
  2. Place tomatoes on a pan lined with freezer sheet.
  3. Stick pan in the freezer.
  4. When frozen, place tomatoes in plastic bags.

Cooking with frozen tomatoes is easy, too. Place frozen tomatoes under warm water, and their skins come right off. Then, you can use them whole, dice them up, and make sauce, chili, etc. No need to defrost ’em!

So this weekend, grab some tomatoes at the Certified Arkansas Farmers’ Market and eat local throughout the year!

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2 responses to “Preservation Technique: How to Freeze Tomatoes

  1. I have heard that they can turn very mushy if you do this… do they hold their shape for you if you just slice when frozen, for example? And do they not go bad if you don’t blanch them? Thanks for the idea!

  2. Hi, Sarah!

    Thanks for reading!

    I usually just slice them frozen and substitute them when recipes call for fresh or canned tomatoes. I’ve made everything from pizza to ratatouille to eggplant casserole with them, and so far they’ve never been watery. They make fantastic pizza sauce in winter. YUM!

    I used frozen tomatoes from November to April, and I didn’t get a single bad tomato. In fact, we finished eating our frozen tomatoes before the tomato season began this year. I plan to stock up more this winter.

    I got the idea from last year’s Mother Earth News. Check it out here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2008-08-01/How-To-Dry-And-Freeze-Tomatos.aspx.

    Again, thanks for reading!

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