How to Freeze Tomatoes
The end of summer is fast approaching (technically it’s already over, isn’t that sad!?), 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 if you aren’t into canning just yet have you ever learned how to freeze tomatoes instead? Today I will show you how, it’s so easy!
Start with some good and ripe tomatoes. You don’t want 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 up all your tomatoes and prepare their hot water bath. Fill a large stock pot half way full with warm water and place it on the stove on a medium heat. (You don’t need it to boil, just need it to get really warm!) In a another bowl, fill it half way 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. Let them sit here for several minutes to cool before you attempt to peel them.
Peel the tomatoes and quarter.
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. Adding extra water to the tomato quarters will make the chances greater that they will get ice crystals in the freezer and not taste so good when you use them. You can use the tomato juice to add to soups or other dishes. Stick it in a jar and save it in the fridge.
Don’t toss the skins! You can dry these in your dehydrator and then grind into a powder and save in a jar. It’s great to add to soups for thickening and it’s very healthy!
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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! And that’s how to freeze tomatoes. 🙂
Want to make your tomatoes shelf stable? Check out our tutorial on Home Canning Tomatoes!
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Did you know how to freeze tomatoes and have you ever done it before?