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August 30, 2011

Freezing Tomatoes

Freezing is an easy way to preserve tomatoes, and it takes much less time than canning tomatoes. There is no need to blanch or remove the skin before freezing.

Frozen tomatoes retain their fresh picked flavor, and make a tasty ingredient in any recipe calling for tomatoes - tomato sauce, marina sauce, soups and stews.

For best results use vacuum seal bags, plastic bags or rigid plastic containers designed for use in the freezer. 

Knife – used to remove core and any bad spots
Cookie sheet
Freezer safe containers

Fresh tomatoes

  • Wash tomatoes.
  • Remove the core and cut out any bad spots.
  • Place tomatoes on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to freeze. Note: Taking this step will prevent tomatoes from sticking to one another, making it easier to use just one or two tomatoes rather than having to thaw a block of frozen stuck-together tomatoes.
  • Remove tomatoes from freezer.
  • Insert into freezer safe container.
  • Return to freezer.

How to remove skin from frozen tomatoes:
  • Remove desired number of tomatoes from the freezer.
  • Place the tomatoes in a bowl of cold water.
  • Allow to sit for up to 5 minutes – the skin will begin to crack.
  • Use a knife or your fingers to remove the skins.

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