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I just core them and put them in a bag in the freezer. To remove the skins just run them under warm water after you remove them from the freezer and gently rub and the skins come right off.
Hey good one I have been doing something like this for years. its so good when you have been out and you want something quick to eat. You just walk to your freezer and get out what ever you want and throw it into a pot and by the time you have got clean up or what ever your meal is ready to eat. I have allways got a few roast dinners done up the same way all you need to do it pop them into the micro-wave. They are allso good for the kids if you are ever away as well. Thanks again and good look to you. And happy eating.
This is a guide about freezing green tomatoes. At the end of the season don't waste those unripe tomatoes. Freeze them for future use.
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I have some fresh tomatoes, I want to freeze them. Some I will have for later on sandwiches or to dice in salads. How do I do this without them getting soft?
Frozen tomatoes cannot be sliced for sandwiches or salads when thawed. They are excellent additions to sauces, soups and stews.
i on ly freeze f or use in ssauces eetc.. when fresh, i wash them , peel, cut up and freeze after boiling for a few min
How do you store them once dehydrated?
I have 30 tomato plants after a 30 year lapse without a garden. Can I freeze my tomatoes in any way? Please give me some helpful hints.
By Becky B.
Tomatoes are easy to freeze. You can simply wash them well, cut out any bad spots and the stem/core, and pop them in a freezer bag. When you are ready to use them, once thawed they will squeeze right out of the skins! You can then use them as you would use canned tomatoes.
That is the way my late Mother did it. As she got older she never planted more than three plants, and when she had more than she could use that is what she did, even if it was only a couple tomatoes. She kept a good sized bag that she would just toss the tomatoes into after she had prepped them.
I have found that tomatoes freeze great if you want to use them for soups, stews, adding to roasts, making sauce, etc. They do not retain texture as far as using on sandwiches and salads. I like to freeze chunks of tomato in small bags and put several smaller bags into a large outer bag in the freezer. When making soup or stew I just grab out a smaller bag and ready to add.
How do I freeze tomatoes?
I've been cutting mine in half, then putting them on cookie sheets to flash freeze. When frozen, just put them in a plastic freezer bag. This way they don't all stick together and you can take out what you need. These will have to be used for cooking, though, and not in salads as they don't retain their firmness. To thaw, just heat in a little water and the skins slip right off. I just used some in fresh tomato soup last night! Yum!
I just wipe them off and put in freezer. Once frozen, put in plastic freezer bag. When you want to use them, run under cold water and the peelings just slide off.
I wash and core the tomatoes. Also remove any bad spots. Put them in a cake pan and freeze. This helps them to freeze and not be stuck together. When you bag them they will be hard as cue balls. Put into freezer bags and when you are ready to use them, remove only the amount you need from the bag. If you let them defrost, they will slip right out of their skins.
Which is best method for freezing tomatoes, whole with the skin on or chopped up with skin on? I wondered how the texture would be if they are left whole, and then I try to chop them up upon thawing?
When I'm in a hurry, the skins are left on. I've frozen tomatoes for years, and prefer the skins OFF because the skins are tough after freezing. Blanching whole tomatoes for a few minutes in boiling water and plunging them into a sink of cold water removes the skins easily. It's also easier to chop the tomatoes before than when you're in a hurry and thawing them for a delectable dish. After the tomatoes thaw, they're soft in consistency.
If I don't make sauce, I freeze them whole. When I want them, I run them under hot water and the peels slip right off. They can then be chopped or smashed for sauces or whatever. They taste very fresh this way, and are so easy to peel it's amazing!
I freeze them whole with the skins on. When I put them out to thaw, the skins slip right off and then I can shop them easily. I only use them for cooking though.
Can stewed tomatoes be frozen?
By Geri B
Yes, you can freeze the stewed tomatoes. But make sure you keep them in air tight container, and also if you defrost them once, don't freeze it again.
I don't know why not, it shouldn't be any different than freezing any other left over cooked food. If the texture turns out a little different they can always be used in casseroles. I kind of have a tendency to freeze anything that is cooked and doesn't run away. lol
I was given a box of red tomatoes and I don't want them to go bad. I would like to put them through a blender and then freeze them. Do I have to blanch them first?
Blanching tomatoes before freezing removes the skins which can ruin sauces, etc. A very easy online search for "why blanch tomatoes before freezing" produced many good replies to your question. You can try a search yourself and the always helpful "how stuff works" site below:
I want to make a fresh salsa, but need to freeze the ingredients as I get them. Once I have everything mixed together can I re-freeze everything in portion bags? I have a vacuum sealer that I plan on using for both processes. Ingredients will be fresh frozen tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro. The tomatoes and peppers are the only two items I will need to re-freeze once everything has been put together. Please help! I don't want soggy ingredients.
I used to freeze my tomatoes (all colours & varieties) but when thawed and stewed they tasted different to fresh stewed tomatoes - not very nice.
I find that I prefer to fry them, I will try freezing some fried tomatos.
I tried frying green tomatoes but the taste and texture was so awful that I fed them to my chickens (they are less fussy than me).
I like fried RIPE tomatoes on toast.
I bought some heirloom seeds from the USA and all germinated. Unfortunately the outside ones got blight in the last few days.
How do you freeze tomatoes and turnips?
By Jewel T. from Danville, VA
When ever my mother had a few extra tomatoes she would wash them, remove the stem and toss them in a plastic bag in the freezer. Then when she wanted a couple for something she was cooking, she would remove however many she needed. Rinse them under warm water and the skin would rub off, then put them in whatever she was cooking and as she stirred them into the pan, she would break them up.
For the turnips, dice and water blanch for 2 to 3 minutes. Be sure to give them an immediate ice water bath after the blanching to stop the cooking process. Drain, pat and remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible to reduce freezer burn.
Could you please tell me if it is possible to freeze the yellow cherry tomatoes, and what do you do?
This year, for the first time, I planted some some mountain gold tomatoes. Can I freeze these and if so how?
By Janice M
To use up tomatoes, cook them gently, cool, and then freeze for winter stews, etc. Personally, I live on home grown tomatoes, zucchinis, onions, and mushrooms braised together as a side dish or topped with breadcrumbs and baked to have with a roast. In our family it's always cooked on Christmas day as another vegetable with the traditional roast.
Source: Paternal grandmother who many years ago taught me to cook (like 60).
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My husband and I have a garden this year. We always have too many tomatoes to eat before they spoil. I don't really have the money to can them, but how would I go about freezing them to use in recipes throughout the year?
Danielle from LaFayette, GA
I froze my excess tomatoes in two ways this year. First I gently tossed some squash, zucchini and eggplant in oil then added tomatoes and cooked until soft and froze this in side dish size quantities. It defrosts quite mushy but very delicious and it can be cooked until less mushy. The rest I skinned and cooked until the consistency of cooking sauce and froze that. I use that as a pizza topping or to make spaghetti or lasagna. I do not season these until ready to use. (05/08/2006)
Wash, then put them into boiling water, (I use a metal dishpan with boiling water on the stove.), I don't like freezing them with their skins on. I put them in the hot boiled water, then the skin will peal off in a few minutes. Then fish them out, and put in bowl to cool. From here, I either cut them up, and freeze them for soups later. Or, freeze them whole. Or, you can run them through a grinder and juice them up before freezing them. Use the best zip lock freezer bags. Because it can be messy. But, the results through out the rest of the year using them in your soups, meatloafs, chili, spaghetti sauce, so many possibilities. Good luck. (05/08/2006)
I freeze my tomatoes by blanching and removing the skins. Then I chunk them up and put in freezer bags with some diced green peppers and diced onions. They are ready then to drop into a pot and make whatever kind of sauce you want. I have been doing this for years especially when I had 3 teenage sons at home. (05/08/2006)
We frequently have the same problem. It is easy to solve if you have freezer room. Wash and dry the tomatoes, put them into a plastic bag, (I use plastic grocery bags), and put them into freezer. That's all!
These can be used in stews, tomato sauces, (spaghetti, etc), soups, chili. Just put into hot ingredients, break up tomato as it cooks. I am a 'by the seat of your pants' cook, so I can't give measurements. If you have cooked for six months, you will know how much to use.
If you do want to pre-thaw before adding to cooking pot, place into a dish so any juice lost in thawing can be captured and used. Have fun, and enjoy your garden all winter. (05/09/2006)
I wash them and dry them then put in zip lock bags and freeze whole. When using in soups, stews and pasta sauce as soon as they hit the hot broth I remove them to take of the skin easily. Works great. Use all winter long. (05/11/2006)
I pour boiling water over them to help remove the skins. Then dice and put in quart microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Freeze in quart zip lock bags. Lay in freezer to save room. They are ready to put in soups, stews, or casseroles. I find that the 5 minutes microwave keeps them from separating when frozen. (05/11/2006)