Three Ways to Freeze Fresh Raw Tomatoes
Whole tomatoes tend to crack and collapse when they thaw. To successfully freeze fresh raw tomatoes, you can:
- Slice tomatoes into at least one-half inch slices. Put slices on a cookie sheet and freeze for two hours. Remove slices and put them into freezer bags or containers.
- Slice tomatoes into at least one-half inch slices. Package in a rigid airtight container and fast freeze.
- Wash tomatoes. Dip wholes tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen skins. Core and peel. Freeze whole or in pieces. Pack into containers, leaving l-inch headspace. Seal and freeze. Tomatoes will not be solid when thawed and are best used in cooking.
Frozen sliced tomatoes should be eaten in a near-frozen state for fresh taste.
Reviewed by Suzanne Driessen 2014