Freezing is a quick and easy method to preserve tomatoes for later use. Here is a step-by-step guide to freezing tomatoes:
- Choose the right tomatoes: Select firm, ripe, and flavorful tomatoes for freezing. Avoid overripe or bruised tomatoes, as these can spoil quickly.
- Wash and prepare the tomatoes: Rinse the tomatoes under cold water and remove the stems. You can freeze the tomatoes whole, halved, or diced, depending on your preference.
- Blanch the tomatoes: Blanching is the process of boiling the tomatoes briefly to kill any bacteria and stop the enzyme action that can cause spoilage. To blanch tomatoes, bring a pot of water to a boil and place the tomatoes in the water for 2-3 minutes. Then, immediately transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Dry the tomatoes: Once the tomatoes are cooled, drain them well and pat them dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Package the tomatoes: Place the dried tomatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the tomatoes are frozen solid, about 2-3 hours. Once frozen, transfer the tomatoes to an airtight container or freezer bag, removing as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Label the container with the date and contents.
- Store the tomatoes: Place the container or freezer bag in the freezer, where they will stay fresh for up to 8-12 months.
That’s it! Now you know how to freeze tomatoes for later use. Enjoy fresh, flavorful tomatoes all year round by following these simple steps