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[Tomato Dirt #155] Canning, Drying, Freezing Tomatoes: Pros and Cons of Each
August 04, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 20

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FEATURE: Canning, Drying, Freezing Tomatoes: Pros and Cons of Each

Nothing can take the place of a fresh tomato. But when you get an overload crop, you don’t want to waste them.

That’s when it’s time to preserve tomatoes by canning, drying, or freezing them.

To be honest, it's nice to have all three in your pantry and freezer.

Canning tomatoes preserves flavor and texture better. But it takes more time to can tomatoes. (More about getting started canning tomatoes).

Drying tomatoes is easy, economical, and a good way to save some of summer’s bounty if you’re running out of room in your freezer or on your pantry shelf. The idea is simple: remove water from the tomatoes to preserve them. But drying tomatoes takes longer than canning or freezing. (Get the details about drying tomatoes here.)

Freezing tomatoes is easy, fast, and convenient. Frozen tomatoes work well in recipes (sauces, casseroles, soups, stews, and chili for instance). But frozen tomatoes lose their texture and get mushy when thawed, and freezing reduces flavor. (More about freezing tomatoes ).

Compare all the advantages and disadvantages to canning, drying, and freezing tomatoes

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More About Processing Tomatoes

Canning tomatoes: the basics Freezing tomatoes: how to get started Canning Tomatoes FAQs Freezing Tomatoes FAQs

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