The tomato is one of the most loved vegetables around the world. Tomatoes can be found in many recipes, eaten raw with salt and pepper, or even sliced with mozzarella cheese on top – all delicious ways to eat tomatoes. Freezing tomatoes is a great way to keep some fresh produce in your home without having to worry about going to the store or spending a lot of money on produce that has been shipped from across the country, so that’s why learning how to freeze tomatoes could save you some time and money. This freezing process takes a few simple steps and comes in handy for recipes later on.
Freezing tomatoes is an excellent way to meal prep, mainly because it retains its flavor so well. You can freeze your tomatoes in different ways depending on how you want to use them in the future. For example, you could freeze them diced for easy use in your soups and stews or even freeze them whole to have some flexibility for when you use them. This blog post aims to introduce you to all the possibilities of freezing tomatoes.
You can freeze any variety of tomatoes that you prefer. However, tomatoes with a higher percentage of pulp to seeds like Roma tomatoes will give the best results when frozen. It may be essential to note beforehand that frozen tomatoes work really well in sauces, soups, stews, and any other dish that may require you to cook the tomatoes. If you are looking for your frozen tomatoes to have the bite that fresh tomatoes have, it will be hard to find that in the frozen ones.
Depending on how you freeze your tomatoes, whole, diced, or as juice, you can use either freezer-safe jars or bags to preserve your tomatoes. If you are freezing the tomatoes whole without peeling them, you can use freezer-safe bags, but it is better to opt for freezer-safe jars in case of diced or tomato juice. Pint-size or quart-size jars that are usually used for canning can be used here as well.
You will need a straw or a vacuum sealer if you end up using freezer bags for storing your tomatoes. The straw is a simple alternative to the vacuum sealer to suck the air out of the freezer bags before you seal the bags. Removing the excess air from the bags will help limit the exposure to air and thus keep your tomatoes fresher longer.
The first step when freezing tomatoes is cleaning them. Wash your tomatoes with plenty of water to eliminate any dirt and bacteria that may be present on them.
You can freeze whole tomatoes either with or without the skin. Freezing the tomatoes whole will give you more flexibility when deciding how to use your frozen tomatoes.
Tomatoes frozen this way can last up to a year. Simply pull out as many as you need from the bag, seal the rest, and store in the freezer again. You can use these tomatoes as they are, or you can dip them in some warm water for a few minutes, which will cause the skin to peel off.
These tomatoes will last up to 6 months in your freezer.
This frozen tomato juice works great in soups, lasagna, and stews!
Stewing your tomatoes before you freeze them is another option when freezing tomatoes.
If you want to freeze tomatoes to can them sometime in the future, you can freeze them whole without removing their peels. Just follow the steps described for freezing whole unpeeled tomatoes and store them in your freezer until you are ready to can them. Then, when you do want to can the tomatoes, remove them from the freezer bag and add them to a bowl of warm water for 3 -5 minutes, and this will loosen their skin and make peeling them super easy. You can now use them in your canning recipes!
YOu can freeze any variety of tomatoes that you like using the methods that we have described above. If you are blanching the tomatoes, you don’t even need to score them in the case of cherry tomatoes. Just blanch them in some water and simply pinch their skin to peel them. However, if you are blanching the green tomatoes, you do need to score them to make peeling them easier.
You can use the freeze whole unpeeled tomatoes method to freeze diced tomatoes. Once you have finished blanching the tomatoes, dice them up before adding them to the freezer jars. Tomatoes will release a lot of liquid when you dice them, so take care that you don’t waste any of the fluid that escapes.
Freezing tomatoes is an excellent way to preserve your excess tomatoes and also to meal prep. You can reduce your recipe time to a great extent by using some of these simple techniques to freeze your tomatoes. You can also check out some of our other freezing guides here.
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