Freezing Tomatoes Whole: Step-By-Step Instructions

Freezing tomatoes whole is the quickest method for processing them – period!

How to freeze tomatoes whole, unpeeled

  • Wash tomatoes
  • Remove stem scars
  • Place tomatoes in a single layer on baking sheets so that sizes don’t touch.
  • Let tomatoes freeze until solid, about 1-3 hours
  • Remove tomatoes from freezer. Work quickly to transfer to containers and seal.
  • Label tomatoes with name and date. Return them to the freezer.
  • To use frozen whole tomatoes, remove them from the freezer. Select a few at a time to use or thaw the entire container.
  • To peel frozen tomatoes, remove them from packaging containers. Run them under tepid water for several seconds. Skin will peel off easily.
  • Let tomatoes defrost completely in a bowl or by setting the container in the sink.

How to freeze tomatoes whole, peeled

Plunge steamed tomatoes into ice water to remove skins with Tomato Dirt
  • Dip tomatoes into boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to retrieve them. Plunge tomatoes into ice water. Skins will slip off easily.
  • Cut out stem scars
  • Fill containers with tomatoes. Label containers.
  • To use frozen whole tomatoes, remove them from the freezer. Select a few at a time to use or thaw the entire container.
  • Let tomatoes thaw completely in a bowl or by setting the container in the sink.

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