How To Freeze Your Excess Tomatoes

How To Freeze Your Excess Tomatoes

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Did you know you can freeze your excess tomatoes? We have all been trying to grow a garden, or at least buy our produce from our local farmers market. Well, I have a very small yard but man, I must have a bumper crop this year. I have given so many of them to family, friend’s and neighbors. Do you sometimes have one small bowl of them left after canning those seven quarts or 14 pints? I do too!

My daughter, Heidi told me last year she just cuts up the excess crop (with peeling-stems removed) and places them in baggies. Then she freezes them. Easy peasy! I used a blender to puree mine and then placed them in pint jars. I hope you can see you have to leave about one inch of space in the jar to allow for expansion in the freezer. I must add my own disclaimer here….I grew up with my mother making this as a tomato soup for our family. She just added some milk and salt and pepper. Nope, I did not like it. I still prefer good old Campbell’s Cream of tomato soup. Add some saltine crackers and I am good to go. Oh, and salt and pepper. Yummy!

Here are a few of the ways I use these tomatoes:

1. makes fabulous chili

2. yummy bean soups

3. enchiladas

4. hamburger soup

5. vegetable soups

6. spaghetti sauce

7. taco soup

8. my mother’s tomato soup

9. make my own tomato sauce

10. make pizza sauce

Excess Tomatoes

Here is the blender I used to puree them with peelings and all. Now, just so you know, I will not do my entire tomato crop this way. This is only for those stray extra tomatoes. Today, I used Cherry, Roma and Early Girls in this batch. Yep, four pints in the freezer. You can also dehydrate some of those extra tomatoes as well. Dehydrate Tomatoes. My husband and I have been eating a lot of BLT’s lately too! Gotta love it!

National Center For Home Food Preservation

 

Comments

  1. Great post Linda! This was a great reminder to start emptying that fat freezer. I place my trimmed tomatoes on a cookie sheet. I freeze and then put them in the gallon freezer bags. That way I can take out a handful to add to my vitamix drinks, or roast with garlic and onion for sauces. .When my freezer is too full and I need to make room, I will can them.

  2. I can grow things in my area that are supposed to be difficult to grow–like spinach and broccoli. But when it comes to things that are supposed to be easy–like tomatoes and zucchini–I have a black thumb!

    • HI Heidi, My squash produce a few and then nothing. I am over loaded with cucumbers and tomatoes. I wish we lived closer…we could share! Hugs! Linda

  3. This is great information! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll have to try it this year. I froze tomatoes last year–just cored them and left the skins on. Stuffed them in gallon zip locks. I LOVE this easy way of taking care of all the remaining end – of- season tomatoes that we’re all too tired/busy to deal with. What I found out was that when the tomatoes thaw, you just pinch the skin and it slides right off the tomato! (I have an aversion to tomato skins, haha.) I like the idea that doing it your way would provide a pureed tomato and you don’t have to worry about the zip lock springing a leak.

    • Hi Holly, I do not like the tomato skins either! Well on salads and sandwiches I like them. But not in smoothies or spaghetti! Hugs! Linda

  4. Louise Babcock says:

    Do the bottle crack when freezing?

    • Hi Louise, I have never had any crack or break. You just need to make sure there is plenty of expansion area like anything that is frozen in containers. Linda

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