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Freezing Fresh Tomatoes

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It’s almost September and the tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them. I Usually pressure can my tomatoes. This year I don’t have the time to drag all the equipment out. I decided to preserve my tomatoes the easy way by freezing them. If you have the extra space in your freezer then this is the way to go. I was able to put up two cases in a few hours. All tomatoes get a mushy texture whether you freeze them or pressure can them. I like to either thaw them or just pop them frozen into the recipe.
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You’ll need:
Plastic bags or containers
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Remove skins (read how here) and quarter the tomatoes, I fill a big pot.
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Scoop the tomatoes into plastic bags. I used freezer style quart sized bags. Remove the air from the bags before sealing and freeze. They stack very nicely in the freezer. You’ll have your garden tomatoes all winter long.
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22 thoughts on “Freezing Fresh Tomatoes”

  1. Pamela Shank says:

    Wow…these tomatoes look beautiful!! I have never tried freezing them but I will. Thanks

    1. Nelda Gautier says:

      Have been freezing my tomato’s like this for years.

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  4. evelyn says:

    Yes they ripen before you can use them, I needed this tip to save mine.Thanks

    1. Diane says:

      Good luck on your freezing! Thanks for dropping by.

      1. Ruth says:

        I have always froze my tomatoes as long as I have had a freezer. Now that I have diverticulitis I have to seed them too. If I freeze sauce I picked up a hand crack deserter and skinner it makes it so much easier. I’m glad you posted this so others can freeze their tomatoes so easily.

  5. Audrey says:

    With a busy life and all the tomatoes ripe at the same time, this is perfect!

    1. Molly Mazani Mudekunye says:

      I blend then skin and all then frees in plastic bags. When cooking, I just throw into the recipe strait from the free.

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  8. Mirna Fernandez says:

    Thank you so much for sharing it! this is amazing!

  9. Dot says:

    I,v been doing this for years. Used my last bag on April. Can’t wait for this years crop

  10. Jackie Comeau says:

    I absolutely hate peeling tomatoes. But at a farmers market, I got into a discussion with a Mexican woman who was selling her salsa. I said I hated peeling tomatoes when making salsa. She said she never peels hers. So I gave it a try. I cut out the core, and put in a food processor. Done! I add some garlic, soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and some wine. Cook for a few hours and freeze and this is the most delicious tomato sauce I have ever tasted. No peeling! I thought it would have hard or rubbery pieces, but there is no sign of peels. I always freeze my sauce now. So much easier than canned.

    1. Bonnie Meadows says:

      How do you make your sauce? Recipe?

  11. Deb says:

    No need to peel before freezing. You can freeze them whole and simply run hot water over them when ready to use. The skin slips right off.

  12. Shail Kumar says:

    I freeze my tomatoes every year. Same way as you have done, the only difference is that I don’t peel them. Since they are rough blended, it gives volume & fiber to my sauces. I even cut them into quarters & freeze. Blended tomatoes make perfect soups, gravies & sauces. You can add Basil, onions, green chilies etc too to them when freezing.

  13. Tami says:

    I have to try this! It doesn’t need lemon juice like canning? How long do they keep? A year? Thanks

    1. Diane says:

      There is no need to add lemon juice. You can keep them frozen and they’ll keep for years. I use mine within one year for the best flavor. I hope that answers all your questions Tami.

  14. Ginger says:

    So, you don’t cook them. You just quarter them, bag them and freeze them? Thanks, Ginger

    1. Diane says:

      You blanch them when you remove the skins. Click on the link in the post and it’ll take you to a post that’ll show you how to do it. Thanks for dropping in!

  15. Lisa Groves says:

    I’ve been freezing tomatoes for years. The first year, without thinking I put the first bag in the freezer laying flat on a grated shelf, big mistake. The tomatoes wrapped around the grates. Make sure the first bag is on solid space, The tomatoes are perfect for soups !

  16. Laura Fine says:

    I usually have a lot of tomatoes in my garden and have always canned the large tomatoes, but last year I had tons of small Cherry types of tomatoes that were delicious, I hated to see them go to waste so I decided to roast them in the oven with a little basil and then puree them in the blender, scooped them into freezer bags and did like the pictures, laid flat in my freezer, they have been wonderful all winter long for making soups and sauces. I may do a lot more this year because it’s so easy. When you roast them the hull gets soft and purees easily, I’ve even just skipped the roasting and pureed them and bagged them, can’t wait till tomato season comes this year!

  17. Diane says:

    I freeze mine whole. Just wash them and drop them into bag . Then in January I pull them out run them under warm water. The peel slips off. Then I drop them into my jam pot and cook them down. The house smells like summer but you don’t have to contend the summertime heat!!

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