Freezing Tomatoes

Yesterday, we had three large bowls filled with tomatoes in our kitchen and many more ripening on the vines in our greenhouse. So I decided to prepare the tomatoes for freezing.

You will need:

1 large pot

1 metal mesh cooking basket that will fit in the large pot

1 large bowl of ice water

1 large colander

Ziploc Freezer Bags

A lot of ripened, uncooked, unpeeled tomatoes (remove stems)

Fill the large pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Wash all of the tomatoes and place some of them in the mesh cooking basket and place it in the boiling water for one minute to blanch the tomatoes. As soon as the minute is up, remove the basket of tomatoes from the boiling water. Place the basket of tomatoes into the cold water for a few minutes and then dump them into the colander to drain.

Fill your cooking basket with more tomatoes and repeat until all of the tomatoes have been blanched and cooled.

Once all of the tomatoes have been blanched, the fun begins! This part of the process can create big mess because some of the tomatoes sort of burst when you pull the skins off and seeds fly all over the place, including on your clothes so make sure you wear something that can get stained. Shout does a pretty good job in getting out tomato stains, but you may not want to take the chance.

On a large cutting board, pull the skin off of each tomato. Why? Because freezing discolors the skin of the tomato and then they look ugly in your dishes. So just take the time now while they are so loose and remove them. You will thank me later if you do it now!

More on Freezing Tomatoes

Most of the tomato skins will be cracked and they will come off of the tomatoes very easily just by pulling them. Cut off the place where the stems were. Then cut the tomatoes into quarters and put back in the large colander so the tomatoes can drain some more. There will be a lot of liquid.

Once all have been peeled, cut, and drained, place the tomatoes in the Ziploc freezer bags. Seal well and date each bag with a Sharpie. The good thing about freezing tomatoes is that they will stay good in the freezer for up to 12 months.

When you use them, they will not be firm so you will not want to use the fruits in salad. They are perfect for making spaghetti sauce, chili sauce, casseroles, pizza, or in any recipe that calls for canned tomatoes.

Go to tasty recipe from freezing tomatoes.

David's Garden Seeds Mission Statement

Here at David’s Garden Seeds, gardening is our passion. We provide top quality non-GMO seeds so families can learn to garden and love it.  In turn, we hope they will pass this passion down to their children and grandchildren, teaching them to grow  delicious food, fresh herbs, and beautiful flowers.

CUSTOMER COMMENTS

"I bought just one packet of Beefsteak Tomato Tycoon and I never had 100% germination before.Every seed that David sent has sprouted. And the blue colored seed makes it so much easier to see. Excellent quality."  --Jack G.

**********************

There are not enough characters available to describe the integrity of this seller and the willingness to please the customer that I was blessed with when I ordered from David's Garden Seeds. David has gone above and beyond and then some more to be sure I was a satisfied customer.(I am) I will always shop here first when buying my seeds in the spring. Class act all the way! Thank you very much!!!" --Gail, Texas

********************

"Thank you so much for your generous donation to our nursing home. Your kindness has touched the lives of our residents and staff." --Nurse Carol, Baton Rouge, LA

********************

"Will definitely order from David's Garden Seeds in the future! The seed-starting tray that I ordered was sent and received in a timely manner, and, as expected, is very well-made. In addition, the seller responds to messages very promptly and politely, which is a rarity in a day and age when a person generally gets stuck on the phone with elevator music for an eternity!"
--Melinda, Maryland


Gardening is not a seasonal hobby for us here at
David's Garden Seeds.

DavidsGardenSeeds is located at:

7715 Tezel Drive San Antonio, TX 78250

We are open Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm.


Like our page on Facebook!

Follow us on Twitter!

Share our photos on Pinterest!

See More Photos On Instagram!


Cajun Jewel Okra by DavidsGardenSeeds
Big Jim Hot Peppers by DavidsGardenSeeds
Sunbow Zinnia Mix by DavidsGardenSeeds
Provider Green Beans by DavidsGardenSeeds
Gasana Strawberries by DavidsGardenSeeds
Nadia Eggplant by DavidsGardenSeeds
Beet Rainbow Mix by DavidsGardenSeeds
Texas Red and White Peanuts by DavidsGardenSeeds
Socrates Slicing Cucumber by DavidsGardenSeeds
Tomato Rainbow Pack features 10 different beefsteak tomatoes.
Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you David's Garden Seeds.