FEATURE: So Easy! 6 Steps to Freezing Cherry Tomatoes
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Cherry tomatoes are small, so it is impractical to peel them for canning. (If you did, there probably wouldn’t be much tomato left after you discard the peels.)
That’s why freezing cherry tomatoes is a simple way to preserve summer’s freshness to use later in the year. You can freeze cherry tomatoes in small amounts or large quantities. It’s a simple strategy for today’s busy gardener. And you can do it fast.
Take these steps to freeze cherry tomatoes:
Choose ripe, unblemished cherry
Wash cherry tomatoes, remove stems, and drain them in a colander. Allow them to dry on paper towels, waxed paper, or a dish towel. If you freeze them with excess moisture on surfaces, they will accumulate frost.
Set cherry tomatoes onto a cookie sheet so that their skins do not touch. This way, tomatoes won’t clump together and be difficult to separate when you are ready to use them.
Set the cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour until the tomatoes are firmly frozen.
Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and place cherry tomatoes into freezer bags or freezer-safe containers. Remove the excess air from the bags and seal them tightly. Lay bags on their sides and jiggle them to allow tomatoes to settle.
Label bags with the date. You can keep cherry tomatoes in the freezer for a year, but they are best when used within 6 months.