Fresh tomatoes are high in vitamin C, potassium and vitamin A. Tomatoes have an acidic flavor and you can add them to a variety of dishes. Freeze tomatoes to prolong their shelf life so that they last past the growing season. Frozen tomatoes can diminish in texture and are best added to dishes such as stews, soups and sauces. The tomatoes become mushy once they are thawed from the frozen state. Frozen tomatoes remain in high quality for up to 8 months in the freezer.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- Cookie sheet
- Freezer container or freezer bag
Freeze Fresh Tomatoes
Rinse the fresh tomatoes under cool running water. Dry the tomatoes off with paper towels.
Cut the stem from the tomatoes. Place the produce onto a cookie sheet in a single layer keeping them completely separate from one another.
Place the sheet of tomatoes in the freezer to freeze the whole tomatoes until they are firm and frozen solid.
Place the whole frozen tomatoes into a freezer container or freezer bag. Seal the tomatoes tightly and store them in the freezer.
Remove only the frozen tomatoes that you need to use. Run the tomatoes under warm water to remove the skin if desired.
Tips & Warnings
- Remove the skin from whole tomatoes by dipping them into boiling water for one minute. Slide the skin off the tomatoes and freeze them using the whole tomato method.
- Slice whole tomatoes into quarters or the desired size and spread them onto the cookie sheet if you do not desire to freeze them whole.
- Avoid freezing spoiled, rotten or low quality tomatoes because the freezer will not improve their quality.
- Always remove as much air as possible from freezer bags to help prevent freezer burn.
- The World's Healthiest Foods: Tomatoes
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension; Summer Fruits and Vegetables Q&A; Alice Henneman, MS, RD; July 2004
- University of California; Tomatoes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve and Enjoy; Tracy L. Parnell, et al.; 2004
- University of Illinois Extension: Tomato
- Texas A&M University: Preserving Produce for Future Use
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