Can You Freeze Tomatoes?


Author: Gabrielle Marks
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Summary: You can freeze raw tomatoes as long as you plan on using them in recipes such as sauces. Tomatoes frozen fresh will be mushy when thawed.

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You CAN freeze tomatoes.

More Info: You can freeze raw tomatoes as long as you plan on using them in recipes such as sauces. Tomatoes frozen fresh will be mushy when thawed.  

Freezing Whole Tomatoes

Select healthy firm tomatoes.

Wash the tomatoes under running water. Do not use detergent or place the tomatoes in a sink as the skin can absorb contaminated water and soap residue.

Lay the tomatoes single file on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Once frozen they can be stored in a freezer safe container of choice. For optimal results consume within 8 months.

If you prefer to peel the tomatoes prior to freezing, drop fresh tomatoes in boiling water for one minute then remove the peels.

Run the frozen tomatoes under hot water when ready to use. The peels should slide right off.

Freezing Stewed Tomatoes

Select healthy firm tomatoes.

Wash the tomatoes under running water. Do not use detergent or place the tomatoes in a sink as the skin can absorb contaminated water and soap residue.

Peel tomatoes by cooking them in boiling water for one minute. Remove the peels.

Cut tomatoes and cook 8-10 minutes until softened. Cool completely.

Freeze the tomatoes in a freezer safe container.

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Works Cited

UNL Extension
Freezing Raw Tomatoes with and without Skins
http://food.unl.edu

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. University of California
Tomatoes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy
anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu









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