Using Frozen Tomatoes

Freezing tomatoes is a great way to save them for use later. However, if you have a lot of them you will need to figure out what you want to do with all those frozen tomatoes. This is a guide about using frozen tomatoes.

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I use my frozen tomatoes in soups and stews. But the big thing I do is save them until I have enough to can them and I make my own spaghetti sauce. I thaw them and make my sauce and then I have lots on hand. If I have extra I make some chili sauce also. You can use frozen tomatoes in canning just like fresh ones and once thawed the skins slip off nice and easy!

By Artena from Tahsis, BC

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How can I make tomato juice out of frozen whole tomatoes with skins on?

By Miriam W.

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Let the tomatoes thaw enough to pull the skins off. They will slide off with little trouble. Cut the tomatoes into chunks. Hold them over a pot as you cut them so you don't lose any of the juice. Place the pot on medium heat and bring them to a boil. do not add any water. Reduce to simmer, and let them cook for about 20 minutes. stirring frequently. You can break them up more with a potato masher. Remove from the heat and let cool. Push them through a colander to extract the juice. Get as much of the pulp into the juice as you can. Add salt to taste, about 3/4 t. per 4 cups of juice. Store in the refrigerator.

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Pasta sauce made from frozen tomatoes.This is a multi use pasta sauce made from tomatoes frozen from my garden bounty. Economical, easy to make, and more flavorful than store bought. I remove seeds from my tomatoes before freezing for smoother sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon frozen tomatoes (or 4 large cans crushed tomatoes)
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. basil
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • Seasonings can be adjusted to suit taste

Directions:

Thaw tomatoes, puree in blender. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until crisp tender. Using a large dutch oven saucepot, add tomatoes, seasonings and sauteed garlic and onions. Heat on medium to boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for at least 2-3 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

At this point, if thicker consistency is desired, remove lid and up heat to medium , stirring until more liquid is absorbed. The longer this simmers the better it is.

When done you can either jar into quarts and process according to jar manufacturer directions, or let cool completely and ladle into quart freezer bags and freeze.

Add hamburger or other meats to sauce before serving. Great on any pasta dish!

Servings: 12 -1 cup servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes Minutes
Cooking Time: 3 Hours

By Cheryl from Trinity, NC

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My sister placed 2 one-gallon bags of tomatoes in my freezer without my knowledge. They still have the skin and seeds but she did cut them in quarters. Grateful as I am, what can I do with them? Thank you.

By sooz

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I've been freezing a lot of tomatoes this year! Use them in any dish you'd normally use cooked/canned tomatoes, hot dish, soup, spaghetti sauce, etc. You can thaw them very easily in a dish with a little water in the microwave. The skins slide right off. :) They won't work in anything that requires fresh tomatoes (like salads) as they'll be mushy. HTH!

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My garden produced an abundance of Roma tomatoes, which I have frozen whole with skins on. I would like to make salsa and spaghetti sauce out of these. Most recipes I find use canned tomatoes. Any ideas or recipes? I would be grateful, thanks.

Karen from Leavenworth, KS

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You can use them in any recipe. I figure ( eyeball) about 2 cups for each can called for. They make wonderful sauces.

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My husband and I have a garden. We always plant way too many tomatoes, so we freeze them whole. My husband wants me to make some salsa and can it. My question is, are my tomatoes going to be good to use as they have been frozen?

By Jennifer from TN

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I think it would be fine, especially if you are making cooked salsa.

I have the same problem with my garden. Not enough tomatoes to can but too many to eat fresh.

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This is a guide about cooking with tomatoes. Whether fresh, canned, or dried tomatoes are a delicious in many different kinds of recipes.

Cooking with Tomatoes

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