Lazy Erin’s way to preserve tomatoes.

The garden/Field tomatoes are beautiful right now.  Juicy, zippy, flavourful, they are everything that tomatoes should be.

I would love to can tomatoes for winter use but honestly, I’m just too busy and too lazy to start working with a pressure canner.

Solution!!!

Take as many tomatoes as you would like to freeze.

You can wash them if you like, but I don’t even bother.  If you do wash them, be certain that they are dry before freezing.

Chuck as many tomatoes as you would like in a plastic bag, old ice cream pail, tupperware, ziplocks whatever.

Put them in your freezer and freeze them.

To use, remove the number of tomatoes that you would like to work with.  Run the rock hard frozen tomatoes under warm water.  Slip the skins off.

You can chuck these whole frozen tomatoes into soups, stews or chillis.

Alternatively, you can sit your skinned frozen tomato in a colander in your sink for a few hours.  As the tomatoes thaw, they drain off a lot of their excess water leaving you with a partially concentrated tomato pulp that makes salsa, sauces and the like a breeze.  You won’t have to cook off the excess water!!!

Everyone can do this.  It’s easy, efficient and safe.  If you have the freezer space, you no longer have any reason to buy imported canned tomatoes in the winter.

Enjoy!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Pat Gray on August 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Erin,
    I freeze tomatoes as you describe, whole in a bag. When I unfreeze them I keep the juice (don’t drain it down the sink!). Freeze the juice in an ice cube tray, put in a plastic bag and use the cubes for “vegetable stock” to flavour whatever you are making, stew, soup, pasta sauce. Just toss the cubes in, they unfreeze quickly being small.
    Pat

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