Freezing Tomatoes

Freezing tomatoes is a great way to store tomatoes to use all winter long. Great in soups or stews, freezing tomatoes help stretch the summer a bit longer. In this easy recipe, Rita shows you how to freeze and use tomatoes from your garden.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

23 Responses to “Freezing Tomatoes”

  1. PaladinswordSaurfang Reply December 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    It is pronounced tomato not tomato.

  2. Have u tried defrosting these fully without cooking them? I would like to see if they sustain there structure and flavour that way

  3. The big tomatoes I get, but why on earth would you freeze cherry tomatoes??? You make sauce with a gazilion tiny tomatoes?

  4. I freeze them hard in a single layer on a cookie sheet uncovered first. That way, they keep their shape. Then, I put them in suitable freezer containers.
    Rita

  5. when you freeze the tomatoes in the freezer, do you put them in a zip lock bag or do you just put it naked exposed to the cold in the freezer?

  6. I can understand janyefer’s confusion– I was confused too, because at 2:15 minutes you say “you can FREEZE them as is” — based on the context, you must mean “USE them as is”…anyway, I get the gist. Thanks for the information and the demonstration! rm

  7. Rita, That was great thank you.

  8. guess it’s time I started doing this!!!

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  10. Thanks Rita, Summer here is coming to a close in New Zealand. I appreciate the tip as I have about 90 Cherry Tomato (Sweet 100s) plants here, so you can imagine how many pots of these beauties I’m harvesting!! Thanks again and enjoy your Spring

  11. yellow tomato looks like an orange :)

  12. omg no way you can freeze a tomato AND throw it. what a versatile fruit

  13. So you froze them, took the skins off and froze them again? I don’t refreeze them again. They’ll still be OK to eat like that but normally you don’t refreeze the tomatoes since they’ll be a texture change, etc. But like I said, they’re still OK/safe to eat.

    My aunt just chunks up tomatoes, skin and all and blends them up. She freezes them in containers that way and they’re ready to go in soups, stews, etc. ~Rita

  14. hi Rita, i am new at freezing. i did like you said . i freezed them and then took the skin off and then baged them in freezer bags. will they be ok. thanks for the tip, jenny ward indianapolis indiana.

  15. I know what you mean – in a perfect world, canned tomatoes to me are the best if you have time too do that. Re freezing: I’ve done both – blanch, skin & then freeze and also freeze w/o blanching & skinning like in the video. They taste the same to me.~Rita

  16. Hey Rita, I’ve watched your video and it looks like something I might try. I’m a big fan of growing, eating, canning, and sharing tomatoes. I put up more that 60 quarts a year but have never froze them. My mother would blanch, skin and freese her tomatoes but I’ve always heard that if the tomatoe drops below 50 degress that its flavor would turn off … forever. What say you.?

  17. Freezer bags are great, as are other freezable containers. I agree about YouTube! ~Rita

  18. Taking the skins off is personal preference. And yes you can use them for lots of other things. They taste best in cooked dishes. ~Rita

  19. Hi there, thanks for the video, who knew? I have waaaaaay to many tomato plants this year so this will help. I was wondering, why do you have to take the skins off? is that just for people who don’t like the taste of the skins? I never take skins off tomatoes, I always use it all. Can you use these for other things? Like on tacos (thawed) or any other uses? thanks

  20. Glad to see you shared this with everyone. I have been freezing my tomatoes when I have an overload from the garden, so I don’t spend time and money boiling off the skin. there is no change to the taste. thank you for sharing this wonderful tip.

  21. ontheearthproduction Reply December 4, 2012 at 7:17 am

    this was helpful–thank you
    k

  22. They keep well for about 8-9 months.~Rita

  23. how long can you keep them in thr freezer like that with the peel on