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Looking to put away those fresh garden tomatoes to use all year round? Learn How to Freeze Tomatoes with this simple technique and easy step by step instructions!
How to Freeze Tomatoes
The end of summer is fast approaching and it’s time for the final push to get everything from the garden preserved. Canning tomatoes is a good, shelf-stable way to preserve tomatoes, but did you know you can freeze tomatoes? Freezing whole tomatoes is a great way to put away your fresh tomato harvest if you aren’t into canning or just need something a little quicker.
–Want to make your tomatoes shelf stable? Check out our tutorial on Home Canning Tomatoes!
Frozen tomatoes are easy to put away and can be used in any recipe that calls for canned tomatoes. Today I will show you how you can freeze tomatoes so that you will have them available all winter long to enjoy in your favorite recipes!
Start with some good and ripe tomatoes. You don’t want the tomatoes to be overly ripe or under-ripe when you are getting ready to preserve them. A good ripe tomato will be firm but with a little bit of give.
Wash all your tomatoes and prepare a hot water bath. Fill a large stockpot halfway full with warm water and place it on the stove on medium heat. (You don’t need it to boil, you just need it to get really warm!)
In another bowl, get an ice bath ready. Fill it halfway full with cold water and add some ice cubes.
Carefully place each tomato in the hot water bath for a few minutes. As soon as the skin cracks, pull them out and place immediately into the cold water bath. Let them sit in the cold water for several minutes to cool before you attempt to peel them.
Once cooled, take the tomatoes out and peel them. Then use a knife to quarter your tomatoes.
Grab another bowl and squeeze out any juice or seeds from the inside of the tomato quarters. You just want to try and freeze the meat. Leaving excess water in the tomato quarters will increase the chances of them getting ice crystals in the freezer (which will make them not taste as good when you use them).
Save the juice! You can use the tomato juice to add to soups or other dishes. Just stick it in a jar and save it in the fridge.
Don’t toss the skins! You can dry tomato skins in your dehydrator to be used in recipes later. Grind them into a powder and save it in a jar. It’s great to add to soups for thickening and it’s very healthy!
Place the quartered tomatoes in a freezer bag and seal and label when full. Freeze in your freezer. Frozen tomatoes will last at least 5 months in the freezer if properly frozen. These can be used anywhere and in anything that you would use normal canned tomatoes in!
Here are some other ways to use up the last of your tomatoes from the garden:
Making Sun Dried Tomatoes
Simple (and Delicious) Uses for Green Tomatoes
Canning Tomato Soup
How to Can Tomato Juice
Homemade Ketchup with Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh Tomato BBQ Sauce
One Minute Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe
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Did you know how to freeze tomatoes and have you ever done it before?
This post on How to Freeze Tomatoes was originally published on Little House Living in September 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.