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Fast and Easy Way To Freeze Raw Tomatoes: Step by Step
I Love Tomatoes
I have been freezing tomatoes the fast and easy way of years, and have perfected the easiest way. Still it seems every year someone is surprised by my quick and easy method to prep, package and freeze tomatoes.
This may take you by surprise, but I do not blanch tomatoes or remove the tomato skins. In fact, I skip yet another step. I remove the tomato stems, but I leave the stem ends on when freezing raw Roma tomatoes, because that stem end is not a problem. In earlier years, I cut out the stem ends when using a variety of tomatoes and combined them.
These days, I have mostly Romas that are ready to process after harvesting straight from the garden. The nice thing about freezing is that you can do a lot or a few at a time. I have found the quart sized Ziplock freezer bags to work so very well,...more on that later.
Plus, there are a couple of kitchen gadgets that help to make this process a snap!
How To Freeze Tomatoes
The Roma tomatoes that I have are a smaller variety and as with all Romas, they are a meatier tomato with not a lot of juice, which makes working with them a breeze.
After rinsing tomatoes, double check to see there are not any with bad spots and discard them from the freezing. You want to be using only healthy tomatoes, one bad one can ruin a whole batch and that would be sad.
Cut the tomatoes into whatever sized pieces you want. I quarter the Romas and them slice them across in thirds. If you do not have a tomato knife, consider getting one. I have had one for a few years, and have never been disappointed with it and am always surprised how well it cuts even soft tomatoes.
Place the cut tomatoes into freezer bags and then into the freezer. Really, that is it. I just processed 3 quarts in half an hour. A Pampered Chef Scraper is handy for scooping up the tomato chunks and sliding them into a bag.
I Use A Bamboo Cutting Board
Prep Time For Three Quarts
Instructions For Three Quarts of Frozen Tomatoes
- Harvest 3 1/2 quarts of tomatoes, and rinse them clean. Once the tomatoes are sliced, they will take less room. So, for three quarts you will need more than three quarts of whole tomatoes.
- Remove the stems.
- Slice your tomatoes.
- Fill the freezer bags, and remove the air. Then, close the filled bags.
- Put a date on the freezer bags so you will know when they were frozen.
- Place the fill Ziplock bags in the freezer.
Ziploc Slider Bags Work Well
The Freezer Bags I Use
The freezer bags have a pleat in the bottom, so you can stand them up for easier filling. They also make a Vacuum Bag that works nicely to remove excess air but I was able to squeeze them down to get rid of air by just leaving the zipper slightly open and pressing down across the bags until just a little juice escapes and then closed up the zipper with no air or juice leakage.
Delicious Red Fruits For Cooking
Tomatoes are a delicious red fruit that I like to have on handy all year through for cooking recipes with. When growing your own tomatoes it is always good to eat them fresh off the vines during harvest time.
The frozen tomatoes in a handy quart size bag are easy to thaw and use whenever you are ready to cook up a recipe that calls for them. But, if you are like me, you enjoy will some right out of the bag, or even in salads.
To use the frozen, thawed tomatoes in a salad, you can whip up your own tomato based dressing and add the oil, vinegar, and seasonings of your choice with a stick blender.
Frozen tomatoes can be eaten frozen for a low-calorie treat.
Another way I love the frozen tomatoes is to use the stick blender to break them up into a tomato ice drink that is awesomely great with lime.
Pampered Chef Scrapper
This is one of the handiest kitchen gadgets to have when slicing and dicing fruits and veggies. Or, for any foods that need to be scooped up and place in a container. Love my chef's scraper!
A Great Kitchen Gadget
If you slice and dice a lot of tomatoes for freezing and cooking, I recommended a knife made for slicing tomatoes. I have used one for over ten years, and it is one kitchen gadget I wish I had years before. It is the perfect knife for slicing, and I truly do mean that.
A tomato knife works double duty as a cheese knife also.
Easy Clean Up
I use the kitchen sink dish rack to rinse the tomatoes clean.
Then, I discard the stems right in the sink.
Last, I will clean the drain basket out when I am all done.
It is fast and easy!