Learn all about freezing tomatoes to preserve this incredibly versatile kitchen staple. A freezer stash of frozen produce opens the door to amazing and speedy meals.
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If your garden is producing faster than you’re able to can, freezing is the quickest and easiest way to preserve tomatoes. You only need a baking sheet, some parchment, and a freezer! Check out my complete guide on how to freeze fresh produce.
In a pinch, I have even frozen them and then used them for canning during the winter when I have more time and the kitchen isn’t 400 degrees. More about canning tomatoes can be found in these posts: Canning Tomato Soup, Canning Whole Tomatoes, and Canning Stewed Tomatoes.
What Can Frozen Tomatoes be Used For?
They are not good for fresh eating like grilled tomatoes with cheese, or salads, and you definitely can’t just slice one up for a delicious BLT. But they’re amazing for sauces like Freezer Spaghetti Sauce or Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce or even homemade gluten-free tomato soup.
Do You Have to Blanch Tomatoes Before Freezing Them?
Nope! You can freeze them with the skins on which makes your life 300x easier. The skins will slip right off when the tomatoes thaw. If you need to speed that process up, you can soak the frozen tomatoes in warm water for ~10 minutes.
If you do want to blanch them, rinse your tomatoes and core them. Gently drop them in a pot of boiling water for one minute. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl of ice water. Now the skins will slip off easily. Yay! You can see this process in action in this tutorial for how to blanch and peel tomatoes.
How Long Can You Keep Fresh Tomatoes in the Freezer?
If they’re stored in freezer-safe packaging, they’ll be good for 9-12 months. We love these reusable silicone bags for storing all our frozen produce.
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Freezing Tomatoes the Easy Way
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment.
- Rinse and pat tomatoes dry.tomatoes
- Using a paring knife, remove the stem and core.
- Place tomatoes on the baking sheet with enough space so they're not touching, and freeze for 4 hours.
- Break apart any tomatoes that may have stuck together and transfer to freezer-proof storage.
- Freeze for 9-12 months.
- If you’d like to chop the tomatoes prior to freezing, store in smaller bags or 16 oz wide mouth canning jars (leave 1 inch of headspace).
- If you do want to blanch them, rinse your tomatoes and core them. Gently drop them in a pot of boiling water for one minute. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl of ice water. Now the skins will slip off easily.
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I wonder if you could just pop them into the freezer bag without flash freezing first. If the skins are dry, maybe they don’t stick to each other once frozen? Have you ever tried it? Thanks for all your great preserving instructions; next I’m going to check out how to freeze celery!
I have not had good luck with that but I’m usually freezing a lot at once. Maybe try with a small quantity first to see if it works for you. And then expand.