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Old 08-26-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Freezing whole tomatoes for later use??

Im leaving on vacation tomorrow ( for about 2 weeks). Ill probably pick about 2 or 3 dozen tomatoes tomorrow night when i get home from work, and wont have the time to peel, cook , process... as i usually do. So i need a very quick and easy way to store the tomatoes, so i can use them when i get back. I was hoping just tossing them in the freezer would allow me to use them later on for soups, stews, sauces ...?

Is this ok ? or is there something else i can do which requires little time and effort?

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Old 08-26-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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They will be mushy and have less flavor if you freeze them raw. They'll only be good for sauces and soups etc.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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Cook them on stove top until skins just start to separate, then freeze.
Do not add any thing to them , there will be a lot of natural water in them that will protect there natural flavor

When you thaw them just pour off all that water and you will have your
tomato's back for sauces.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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Larry, I've heard if you core them and freeze them, when you thaw them the peels come right off. That would be the fastest way to deal with them.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
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Just don't forget that a particular flavor compound is destroyed once the tomato gets below 50 degrees F. I supposed it is better to freeze then and love some of the flavor then let them rot and lose them altogether. Personally, I would dry them in the oven or dehydrator if you have one.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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It seems to me that the very reason for canning tomatoes in the first place is because of the problems associated with freezing them. You might consider passing them on to a neighbor or co-worker rather than let them spoil, even in the freezer.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #7
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Canning dates back to the days when many people were lucky to have an icebox
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:26 PM   #8
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Give them away..........
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:17 PM   #9
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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!!
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:44 AM   #10
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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!!
Thanks sparrowgrass...glad to hear this. For the first time, I've had an abundant crop of tomatoes, and 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.
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