Freezing Tomatoes

What can you do with extra tomatoes that are past their shelf life?  Instead of letting them spoil freeze that last tomato.  It is easy to do and it don’t take very long to do.  You just need a pot of boiling water and a small baggie.

I had several large tomatoes was close to spoiling and getting spots.  It always bothers me to see food get wasted.  Tomatoes are something that will freeze well and can be used in cooking.  I like to add a small amount of tomatoes in some soups that I make.  A small package of chopped tomatoes is perfect for that.   You don’t have to thaw the small baggie, just open up and throw it in to the hot broth. A snack size baggy is perfect for a 1/2 cup to a cup of tomatoes.

Start with a large pan with boiling water.  Take the pan off the heat after the water is in a full rolling boil.  Gently put the tomatoes into the hot water.  In a couple of minutes the skins on the tomatoes with be cracked.  Remove the tomatoes and peel the skin off.  The skin will be lose and will pull right off.  Chop the tomato on a small chopping board and slide the chopped tomato and juice into a bowl.  Continue until you have all the tomatoes  chopped.  Spoon them into small baggies and remove as much air from the bag before sealing.  Lay flat while freezing.

I use mine up quickly because I make soup often and do plenty of scratch cooking so I don’t date the bag.  But you should write the date on the package when freezing food.

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  1. I never knew you could freeze tomatoes. good to know. Thank you.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is better then letting them spoil. Produce has become expensive. I ended up with 4 cups of chopped tomatoes. That doesn’t sound like a lot but it is handy to have on hand. It wasn’t much work to do. I don’t know how long they will last frozen because I have never had them longer then a few months before I have used them up.
      Thanks for taking time to comment.

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      1. I always make a sauce with my extra tomatoes. it’s always good to have other ideas. Thank you.

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  2. Used to do that and use for soup and sauces. Gotta save every one of them 😉🍅

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      In many ways it is like finding extra money in your food budget to do this. I remember a long time ago I was told how stupid of me to can some tomato juice in half pint jars. I was wasting flat lids. My mother was one of these people who thought the bigger the jar the better because of the cost of lids. As it turned out one cup was just what I needed in many things I was cooking. I still had pints and quarts for other recipes usage. Sometimes it is finding a balance between wasting time, lids and food. I still can in small batches some tomato juice in half pints when I have extra tomatoes.

      Thanks for stopping in. I sometimes get carried away when I return comments.

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  3. Wow thanks for this info and I never knew freezing tomatoes was an option!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Early in my marriage I bought a cookbook from the Farmer’s Journal. I sent away for it. It was a canning and freezing cookbook. I still have it and get it out once in while to look things up. I learned so much from it and how to freeze what kinds of casseroles and other foods besides putting away produce and meats. It is loaded with recipes and tips. You can find, even today, copies of it used on Amazon. If you run across a cookbook like this in a thrift store, don’t pass it up.

      Thanks for taking time to stop in to chat.

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      1. I will watch for that kind of cookbook! Someday I would like to actually study/read more about cooking, canning, freezing, etc. I am interested in expanding my domestic skills!

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  4. Another way to do it in the freezer, but it takes up a bit more space, is to core the tomatoes- like you would and apple- and then put them on a cookie sheet so they can freeze individually. Once frozen, put them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to use them, just run the frozen tomatoes unwarned water and the peels will literally slide off. Drop them in a pot and make homemade sauce!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Great idea. My freezer is full right now. I need to repack it to make room. I have 2 large bags of curly kale to blanch and freeze. I only froze 5 one cup portions the rest I canned. The rest of the cherry tomatoes are in the oven drying right now.

      I really want to thank you for your suggestion. Doing them your way would be quicker and that would be helpful when you have many to do.

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      1. 😊 like you commented, it requires freezer space. I usually only do about 4 big bags which gets me through the winter. Once I make a massive pot of meat sauce, I then freeze that lol! Oh food 😊

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  5. floatinggold says:

    What at ingenious thought. I’ve got to try it sometimes.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for taking time and making a comment.

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