How to Freeze Tomatoes
Unfortunately, fresh fruits and vegetables are seasonal things and we can't enjoy them during winter or early spring… well, we still can buy imported products in the grocery stores, but they cost a fortune and bear no resemblance with seasonal vegetables. However, you can freeze your harvest and use frozen veggies for your meals whenever you want. When you freeze your veggies instead of marinating them, you refuse to using preservatives and thus eat 100% organic and fresh product all year long. Today, you will learn more about how to freeze tomatoes to add them to your sauces, pizzas, and lasagnas.
- You can either freeze the whole tomatoes or slice or mash them to cook tomato sauces. Start with selecting firm undamaged tomatoes and washing them. Pat each tomato with a paper towel and remove the stems and stem scars.
- If you want to freeze tomatoes with peels, just place prepared vegetables on the sheet and put them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, relocate them to a plastic bag and return to the freezer.
- Alternatively, you can peel your tomatoes to save some time and headache in the future. Put them into a pot with boiling water for 30 seconds, then take them out and remove the peel. After this step you can slice or mash them and spread on the sheet. Put the sheet in the freezer and then put them in plastic bags or containers.
- If you freeze your tomatoes at -0,5-12F, you can store them for 8-12 months, and that's the perfect temperature and storage time for frozen vegetables. However, you can freeze them at 32-18F, but in this case you'd better use them within 3 months.
- In case you use whole cherry tomatoes, slightly pierce each one with a sharp knife to prevent them from cracking in the freezer.
- Don't use frozen tomatoes for salads. They become watery after thawing.
- Don't season your tomatoes before freezing. Freezing may cause strengthening the taste of salt, pepper or other spices you used.
- Don't use strong detergents to wash tomatoes.
- Don't store your tomatoes for more than 12 months.
- Don't freeze tomatoes in a bulk. You should freeze them in small portions, preferably in the amount necessary for making 1-2 servings. If you have a big family, you should make the portions a little larger.
- Don't forget to dry your tomatoes before you freeze them; otherwise, they will stick together and turn into an ugly and inedible substance.
Freezing is the easiest and healthiest way of preserving food. You don't use any additives and your veggies remain good looking, fresh and flavored. Basically, this method of freezing works for the vast majority of vegetables. You can mix your tomatoes with any other veggies you like and preserve them for the future. Obviously, it's a great idea to spend some time to freeze tomatoes in order to have those tiny bits of summer, sunshine, and good mood in your freezer, and also a lot of room for your kitchen experiments!
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