Freezing tomatoes is a simple and effective method of preservation. It helps to retain their flavor and freshness for future use. By storing them correctly, you can enjoy the taste of ripe tomatoes throughout the year.
Why you will love this guide?
- It is the easiest way to store fresh tomatoes that we grow and harvest in summer.
- This simple method needs no blanching or cutting.
- Peeling the frozen tomatoes is easier than you think and can be done in a pinch. Just place them under cold running water and rub gently to peel them off.
How to freeze tomatoes without blanching
Step 1: Use ripe and firm tomatoes without any cuts or marks of blemish. Remove the stem from the tomatoes. Wash the tomatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt on them.
Step 2: Pat dry them using a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel.
Step 3: Place the cleaned and in a ziplock bag. Do not overcrowd the bag. Label the bag with the month and year. Place them in the freezer. Frozen whole tomatoes can be stored for up to one year in the freezer.
Choose high-quality tomatoes: Choose fully ripe tomatoes that are free from blemishes or bruises. They should be firm to the touch and have vibrant colors.
Remove excess air: When using zip-lock bags, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing them. This will prevent the tomatoes from getting freezer burn, which can affect their texture and taste.
Label and date: Always label the storage containers or bags with the contents and the date of storage. This allows you to keep track of their freshness and ensures you use the oldest tomatoes first.
How to use frozen whole tomatoes
Here are some ways to use whole frozen tomatoes:
- Toss them into soups, stews, or sauces. You can add them frozen, and they will thaw and cook right along with the rest of the dish.
- Grate them into salsas or other dips. Simply run them under warm water for a few seconds to loosen the skins, then grate them as you would fresh tomatoes.
- Purée them into a sauce. Once they are thawed, puree them in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Use them in a smoothie. Frozen tomatoes add a boost of flavor and nutrients to smoothies.
- Add them to a salad. Frozen tomatoes can be used in salads, but they will be slightly mushy. To avoid this, thaw them first and then pat them dry with a paper towel.
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How to freeze tomatoes
- 2 lb tomatoes
Prep the tomatoes:
- Use ripe and firm tomatoes without any cuts or marks of blemish. Remove the stem from the tomatoes.
- Wash the tomatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt on them. Pat dry them using a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel.
Freezing without blanching:
- Place the cleaned and in a ziplock bag in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the bag.
- Label the bag with the month and year. Place them in the freezer.
- Frozen whole tomatoes can be stored for up to one year in the freezer.
Blanching and freezing:
- This is useful if the tomatoes have any cut or small damage.
- Wash the tomatoes and cut any damaged parts from them.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Also, set aside another bowl filled with water and ice.
- Add the tomatoes to the boiling water and blanch for one minute.
- Take them out and immediately transfer them to the iced water bath. Once they cool down, gently peel the skin.
- Cut them in half or leave them whole and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Flash freeze for 2-3 hours or until they firm up. Transfer them to a freezer-safe container.
- Label with month and year and freeze them for up to 12 months.