freezing whole tomatoes

I was reminded of this one by a commenter. It’s a little out of season, but I’ll forget it again if I don’t write it down.

We had so many tomato plants this year that we couldn’t possibly deal with all of the tomatoes at once, not even in a marathon sauce cooking session, so we washed them off, threw them in freezer baggies and froze them whole.

When you want to use them, just run a few under warm water and the skin slides right off. They are ready to use in soups, stews or sauces. Anything that calls for canned tomatoes, really. These are definitely not like fresh tomatoes – you won’t slice them or add them to a salad after freezing, but they retain their flavour and colour and are good for cooking.

I also whir some up in the food processor, skins, seeds and all, add a pinch of salt and freeze the puree flat in baggies to cook up later. Apparently the salt helps keep the colour and flavour. Not sure, but I read it on the internet, so it has to be true. Right?

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8 thoughts on “freezing whole tomatoes

  1. [...] you home garden. It’s fast and it’s easy as well. Visit and Read original post at: Freezing whole tomatoes Photograph from lightlycrunchy blog. Heidi at lightlycrunchy blog said “washed them off, [...]

  2. Julie Riebe says:

    I really wish there was some way to freeze whole tomatoes and be able to use them in salads or slice, but this may be the next best thing. Thinking about trying it this summer, although I may have to get a bigger freezer!

  3. Hi There. That exactly what I do! I don’t want to be phaffing about in the kitchen on a hot day doing the unnecessary – especially when there are other things that actually do have to be turned in to jam or preserved. Works brilliantly! Cheers Sarah : o )

  4. Those tomatoes look so good! I can’t wait to can!!

  5. [...] great quick tip on what to do with your excess tomatoes from Heidi at lightlycrunchy by way of Survival Farm/Town and Country Gardening in [...]

  6. Jennifer says:

    I froze several bags of tomatoes last year and can’t wait to use them. I was wondering if I needed to thaw the whole bag or if I could just do a few at a time and you answered my question, thanks! Also, so glad you linked up to Frugal Tuesday Tip.

  7. [...] tomatoes – I froze whole tomatoes in freezer bags and am still using them up – they work great in any recipe that calls for canned [...]

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