Freezing Tomatoes

basket of tomatoes

If your garden looks anything like mine, you have more tomatoes this year than ever before. Did you know that you can freeze tomatoes whole? No canning, boiling, or chopping involved—it’s my preserving method of choice. I freeze whatever abundant produce I know we won’t have time to eat while it’s still fresh. And believe it or not, there is a correct and an incorrect way to freeze, and it’s just as easy to do it the right way as it is the wrong. Here are some tips to avoid freezer burn and clumping for tastier end results come mid-winter.

growing plant

Tips for freezing:

I freeze green beans, strawberries, zucchini— you name it. But right now, I’m freezing basket upon basket of tomatoes. Some produce, like zucchini, should be cut beforehand, but I keep my tomatoes whole.

 

• Wash and dry well with cloth towels.

 

• Remove stalks or stems.

 

• Lay out your produce on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper — don’t allow your fruit or vegetables to touch each other.

 

• Slip that entire cookie sheet (uncovered) into the freezer and freeze until your produce is frozen solid — depending on size, this can take anywhere from one to five hours.

 

• Pour your now-frozen produce into a freezer safe bag (date it!) and store for up to six months.

 

Throughout the year I thaw the tomatoes in a collinder and use them for soups, sauces and sides. Rica’s tortilla soup, Berber omelet and roasted tomatoes, to name a few.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Freezing Tomatoes”

Love the pictures and steps to take. Did it with strawberry ‘s, but never withe tomatoes.
Thanks
mt

This is just what I needed. Thank you! I have had bowls of tomatoes sitting on my counter for days waiting for the time to make a sauce to freeze or boil and blanch to freeze. Now they are in the freezer whole for when I need them sometime this winter which will hopefully be full of rainy days in SB:-)

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