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Old 08-15-2017, 01:19 PM   #1
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Freezing Tomatoes

Can tomatoes be frozen whole, and used the future for tomato sauce ?

I have an over abundance of tomatoes, and just don't have the time right now to deal with them. I figured I can just toss them in the freezer for now. Then in a few weeks, defrost, boil them down a bit, run them through the food mill and make a puree.

I usually do the above right after picking them ( skipping the freezing whole part), but the next 2 weeks are a bit crazy for me.

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Old 08-15-2017, 01:28 PM   #2
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Yes, while you are washing them, core them, cut them in halves or leave whole, squeeze out juice/seeds quickly, smash them into a freezer pail, freeze. They'll keep great. It takes less than 20 minutes for a gallon and saves the tomatoes from over ripening and rotting.
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Old 08-15-2017, 01:33 PM   #3
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Yes, while you are washing them, core them, cut them in halves or leave whole, squeeze out juice/seeds quickly, smash them into a freezer pail, freeze. They'll keep great. It takes less than 20 minutes for a gallon and saves the tomatoes from over ripening and rotting.
Exactly what I wanted to hear !!

Thanks.

I think I did it in the past , but I just forgot.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:14 PM   #4
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Ha ha ha. There was one really really hot summer, too hot for canning, or maybe I just wasn't handling the heat well and I froze at least 14 gallons + of tomatoes. Then when fall and winter came, the house was dry and cold, and canning was much more fun, and warm and humidifying.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:16 PM   #5
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+1, although I wouldn't squeeze out the juice and seeds. That's where a lot of the flavor is.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:32 PM   #6
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+1, although I wouldn't squeeze out the juice and seeds. That's where a lot of the flavor is.

I agree... Keep the seeds and juices..

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Old 08-15-2017, 08:23 PM   #7
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Yes. Core and freeze whole. I just thaw and cook in a sauce. I use a hand blender and puree it. Skins and all..
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:39 AM   #8
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Yes do it all the time, I core them cut them in quarters, I don't squeeze the juice out - good stuff there.
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Old 08-20-2017, 03:26 AM   #9
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Apparently you can freeze tomatoes and grate over your dinner to make a taste texture contrast.
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