Freezing tomatoes is a great way to store your tomatoes if you don't want to can them, or if you have some that are getting too ripe and will go bad before you have enough to can.
How to freeze the tomatoes is so simple.... Just wash, pull off the stem, stick them in a zip lock baggy and pop in the freezer! Be sure and label the bags and squeeze as much air out of the bags as possible. Here are 2 gallon zip locks of Roma Tomatoes ready for the freezer.
The fun part is when you thaw them out to use them. Just pull out the amount needed. Run them under warm water and the skins slip right off in your hands. You don't even need to blanch them. Allow them to thaw the rest of the way and you are good to go. If you are adding them to a soup or stew they can thaw right in the dish while it is cooking.
Freezing those cherry or pear tomatoes that are overflowing in your garden is a great idea too! I always had a lot of waste with these tiny treats. My kids and I love to snack on cherry and pear tomatoes so I always plant one bush each. They are so prolific there is no way we can keep up with the bushes. So now I freeze them. Pull them out when I need for a recipe.
You can even peel the cherry and pear tomatoes if you want. Pinch them and they slide right out.
Measure out the amount of tomatoes you need.
Run warm water over tomatoes.
Give the skins a little tug and the tomato part pops right out. Works with larger tomatoes too!
The tomatoes will be softer than fresh tomatoes so this method works best for tomatoes used in recipes for sauces or directly in casseroles etc.
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