Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DIY : Freezing Tomatoes

After burning through a significant amount of our canned tomatoes, we started to worry again that we wouldn't get through the winter without running out. Not wanting to can another round without my mom's supervision, I decided to try freezing them. It was actually really easy, and if you are in Seattle, we found a 20lb box of #2 heirloom tomatoes for $25, which is a steal. I would highly recommend this to people short on time--what a great way to enjoy fresh, local and organic tomatoes throughout the winter without canning!

Step 1.
Buy your tomatoes! Now is a great time to find them at your local farmer's market on the sure to ask if they have #2's!

Step 2.
Set up two pots. Boil one, put ice in the other.

Step 3.

Set up your work space for after the tomatoes come out of the water.

Step 4.

Once the water is boiling, drop the tomatoes in for 2 minutes. For larger tomatoes or heirlooms with quite a few rough patches on them, I'd leave them in for 4 minutes. You can tell they are ready to come out of the water when the skins crack or start to peel off.

 Step 5.

With a slotted spoon, transfer them into the pan with ice water. This makes the skins come off easier, and makes them easier to handle as well.

Step 6.

Put the iced tomatoes in a bowl, move them to your work space. For tough stems, I simply cut off the tops of the tomatoes and peel from there. Some stems will come right off. Cut off rough patches, and the rest of the skin should slip right off.

Step 7. 

After peeling, dice into large chunks, and transfer into freezer quality ziploc bags.

FREEZE! They will keep in your freezer for up to a year.


  1. Nice! I might have to try that! I grabbed two boxes when I was in E WA. gonna make hm salsa tomorrow with Jayme and her friend Barb.

  2. It was essentially the same process of canning, but much faster! The heirlooms turned out such a gorgeous color palette,'ll be a nice variation to all the red in my pantry. :)

  3. They look great! I'll bet you can even use them in salads! I see freeze dried tomatoes all the time - have you tried drying any?

  4. If you're really wanting to do this in a hurry, just wash and trim the tomatoes and put them in freezer bags. Then When you want then for soups or stews or sauce, just take out as many as you need, rinse them under hot water, and the skins slip right off. Chop and use.

  5. Interesting! Thanks, Linda... I might try that this season while there is still time. :)