ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Freeze Home Grown Tomatoes

Updated on December 17, 2017
Hopefully, your tomatoes will be bigger than this one, which was my first ripe tomato of the season. Copyright 2010 Bill Yovino
Hopefully, your tomatoes will be bigger than this one, which was my first ripe tomato of the season. Copyright 2010 Bill Yovino

Life's simple pleasures are what sustain us. Take something as ubiquitous as the tomato for example. Supermarkets are of full of picture perfect specimens, all of which delight the eye but disappoint the palate. Many of these could be adequately supplanted in recipes by cardboard or Styrofoam. But plant this lowly fruit (yes it is technically a fruit) in a country garden or in a container on an urban fire escape, and something magical happens. This ripe, garden fresh, home grown orb of delight transcends its earthy bounds and delivers heavenly flavor to be enjoyed on its own or in recipes. The problem arises when all of the tomatoes reach their peak at the same time. Let's face it, even a bona fide tomato addict can't consume them quickly enough to prevent some from going to waste.

The Problem is Solved

When properly prepared, frozen tomatoes will bring a garden fresh taste to your winter recipes. This process is very simple and can be done whenever you have more ripe tomatoes than you can realistically eat before they start to go bad.

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. With a sharp paring knife, cut an "X" into the bottom of each tomato - not very deep, just enough to get through the skin.
  3. Drop a few tomatoes at a time into the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them in an ice bath. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes.
  4. The skin will begin to separate where you made the "X" and will be easy to peel. Use a paring knife to remove the skin from the tomatoes. Discard the skin.
  5. If the tomatoes have a lot of seeds and liquid, slice them in half and remove the seeds with a spoon or squeeze them by hand. Discard the liquid and seeds.
  6. Rough chop the tomatoes, portion them out into ziplock bags with a pinch of salt, and place them in the freezer. I usually put 2 cups (~500ml) into each bag, which is roughly equivalent to a large can of tomatoes.

Note: Canned tomatoes contain a lot of salt. When you use fresh tomatoes in your recipes, you will probably have to adjust the salt to taste at the end.

Tip: If you also have fresh basil, dip the leaves into the boiling water very briefly to kill any bacteria, then place the basil in the ice bath. Add one or two basil leaves into each bag of chopped tomatoes.

Instead of grabbing a can of tomatoes for your recipes in the winter, you can grab a bag of homegrown goodness right from your own freezer.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Bill Yovino profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Yovino 

      9 years ago

      Sure, no problem. Or you could freeze the juice and seeds separately for use in soup.

    • salt profile image


      9 years ago from australia

      thanks, I like the seeds and juice, cant include them? Otherwise fantastic idea and thanks.

    • chirls profile image


      9 years ago from Indiana (for now)

      Great idea! It beats having to do loads of canning, that's for sure. :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)