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Using Frozen Tomatoes

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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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October 20, 2011

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!

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March 16, 20171 found this helpful

Here is a recipe for making juice from some of those frozen tomatoes from your garden. This is a guide about making juice with frozen tomatoes.

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February 18, 20171 found this helpful

Use your frozen tomatoes to make this tasty tomato based pasta sauce recipe. This page shows you how to make pasta sauce from frozen tomatoes.

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August 14, 20140 found this helpful

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

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December 4, 2008

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.

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Karen from Leavenworth, KS

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

You can substitute the frozen for canned. I'd just blanch them and remove skins if they have them and use the same way. Maybe mash them up first and you might have to cook them longerand add some spices. That's what I do.

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December 8, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, I always pick my romas, wash them, toss into a zip bag in the freezer till I have a day to do all my tomatoes on.
Then I thaw them in the bags, run them through the blender, dump in to the cooking pots on the stove, and then I can start making my different tomato items from the degree of cook-down. From juice to tomato paste. I process each desired consistancy into pint jars and seal them.

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After a certain point of FULL FREEZER, I would wash them, quarter them and lay on cooling cookie racks on cookie sheets (cover the bottom with foil as not to have the acid ruin the pan.) I SUN DRIED my tomatoes in the oven on 200 degrees till the degree of dryness I wanted them. I cooled them, put into freezer bags and tossed into the spare fridge to keep, use for gifts and cooking use. Chop and toss with EVOO for any recipe is good.

I also picked my cherry tomatoes, washed them, tossed into freezer bags and frozen. They can be used for all sorts of hot dishes, pizza, etc.

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December 9, 20080 found this helpful

A Word about tomato skins: I prefer not to have the skin in a tomato dish, but it's SO EASY to just run each frozen tomato under hot water, the skin just slips off! Then you can let them thaw and handle accordingly.

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December 9, 20080 found this helpful

From experience with Romas and a lot of them.....NO SKINS when canning or freezing. A simple boiling water process.....wash Romas from garden, boil a pot of hot water, drop Romas in boiling water for 15-20 seconds, put in sink full of cold water, peel Romas (they peel real easy), vut in half to make sure there are no bad spots and either can or freeze.

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If you can them, add 1 Tbsp of salt before sealing. We use these methods every year and are awesome for our chili, spagetti and soups.

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By Graycrab (Guest Post)
December 9, 20080 found this helpful

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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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

It doesn't need to be hot water; cold works and is the only way I skin them.

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September 27, 2011

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.

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By sooz

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Throw some into soups, stews, chili, or cook down all the tomatoes with some onions & garlic to make a pasta sauce.

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Use them as you would canned tomatoes. Let them thaw, and the skins squeeze right off! (Sooooo much less work than skinning before freezing!)

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September 28, 20110 found this helpful

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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Anonymous
August 27, 20160 found this helpful

if they do still have the skin they will float to the top while u cook.. just skim them off.. makes great soup and chili...

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By 0 found this helpful
September 20, 2010

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?

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By Jennifer from TN

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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

I sure don't see why not. Many recipes that I have for salsa call for using canned tomatoes.

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

The only problem I can see is that they might be really watery and have lost some of their flavor but as long as you are not expecting chunky salsa you can compensate with adjusting recipe flavor ingredients.

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

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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November 24, 20140 found this helpful

I am putting them in the microwave for hot salsa; will they spoil?

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