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How to Freeze Homemade Stewed Tomatoes

By Suzanne Driessen, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Reviewed 2014 by author.

  1. Wash, remove stem. Peel and quarter tomatoes before stewing.
  2. Heat rapidly until tender (10 to 20 minutes).
  3. Simmer five to ten minutes.
  4. Cool tomatoes quickly.
  5. Place container of tomatoes in ice cold water.
  6. When steam is gone, cover tightly, label and freeze. Use frozen tomato products within 12 to 18 months. Longer storage is safe but decreases overall quality.

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