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Old 08-28-2010, 11:40 AM   #11
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Dang, guys!! I have been freezing whole tomatoes for years--they are great. NOT good for salads, of course, but great in soups and stews and sauces.

I don't core them, just toss them into ziplocks and freeze. When you get ready to use them, thaw them in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes, and the skins will slip right off. Chop them up while still a little frozen and use them.

Don't knock it til ya try it!!
Amen, sparrowgrass! I've been doing the same thing and have never had any flavor problems. I love using them in soups and especially chili.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:31 PM   #12
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I don't know about anyone else, but I've never seen frozen whole tomatoes in the frozen vegetable case in any supermarket. There must be a reason for that - flavor or texture. If someone's not already making a buck doing it commercially, then.... well, let's just say I'm skeptical about any success of someone just throwing them into a freezer.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:55 PM   #13
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I don't know about anyone else, but I've never seen frozen whole tomatoes in the frozen vegetable case in any supermarket. There must be a reason for that - flavor or texture. If someone's not already making a buck doing it commercially, then.... well, let's just say I'm skeptical about any success of someone just throwing them into a freezer.
On the other hand Selkie, unlike improperly home canned tomatoes, they can do no harm. I'm just not willing to take up the responsibilty canning anything after being here.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:42 PM   #14
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My supermarket has romas for .37lb right now!
I am going to try freezing them.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #15
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there's no way I'll be canning them with all the horrors I've read here on canning. If I ever had any notion of giving canning a try, it's long gone.
That's a very sad commentary ~~ Makes me wonder where was I when all of these "horror stores" we being told ~~ Nothing could be easier or simpler than canning tomatoes...
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:43 PM   #16
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In your case, freezing them sure beats wasting them. Yes, when you take them out the skin peels off as easily as if you used the traditional method. They are NOT salad or sandwich tomatoes. If you have a food mill, China cap, or fine sieve, when you go to use them press them through to remove seeds, then reduce them in a pot and you will have a great base for a soup or sauce. Reducing will give you a nice, rich tomato flavor. Add some cream for a great soup or pasta sauce. Alternately, take the entire tomatoes, thaw, chop, and throw into a pot of stock. Strain when cooked a little, then add your favorite soup ingredients.

I do not ascribe to the panic mode of home canning ... I have many friends who home can and I am always thrilled to get a jar! For me it isn't fear of canning, just the heat (I sweat like a stuck pig and my kitchen has no air conditioning) and the work involved. So I freeze. I usually don't freeze them whole, but I have, and some of my friends do when at wit's end at the end of the season. They are delicious, but watery, so you do need to reduce them.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:17 PM   #17
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I first tried the whole tomato freezing thing years ago--I had 2 toddlers, a giant garden, and then, in July, I got a full-time job with a 2 hour commute. NO time to can, so I just put the tomatoes into bread bags and put them in the freezer. They were great, and I have done it ever since.

I also can tomato sauce and salsa, so I do have a comparison.
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That's a very sad commentary ~~ Makes me wonder where was I when all of these "horror stores" we being told ~~ Nothing could be easier or simpler than canning tomatoes...
You must be kidding Uncle Bob.......here's just one example of many, many threads to account for my "fear of canning". I would guess I'm not alone.

Newbie needs help with canning!
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:10 PM   #19
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That's a very sad commentary ~~ Makes me wonder where was I when all of these "horror stores" we being told ~~ Nothing could be easier or simpler than canning tomatoes...
I agree, and, a person can be taught skills to do this if they are willing.
It's easy.
A person, who is unwilling, cannot be taught to think or overcome fear in some cases.

Tomatoes can be safely water bath canned with an approved university extension recipe and the willingness to learn.
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Everyone on the canning side of my family lived well into their nineties; and they were using the zinc lid and wire bail glass top type jars.
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