How to freeze tomatoes in freezer bags

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How to freeze tomatoes in freezer bags
Preserve fresh tomatoes in the freezer. (dextroza/iStock/Getty Images)

Growing your own tomatoes or buying tomatoes in bulk can save money and provide you with the freshest, best vegetables. However, having so many tomatoes lying around can cause a problem if you don't need to use them all straight away and they start to go off. You can freeze ripe tomatoes in sealable freezer bags to preserve them for up to a year after they are picked.

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Things you need

  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Sealable freezer bags
  • Large pan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • Paring knife

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  1. 1

    Rinse the tomatoes under cool water in a sink to remove any dirt or contaminants.

  2. 2

    Boil water in a large pot on your hob. Fill a medium-sized bowl with cold water and ice cubes and put it near the hob.

  3. 3

    Submerge the tomatoes in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Lift them out of the water with a slotted spoon and plunge directly into the icy water. Let them sit for up to a minute.

  4. 4

    Remove the tomatoes from the ice water. Remove the stems with a paring knife.

  5. 5

    Peel the skin off of the tomatoes using your fingers or the paring knife. The skin should be easy to remove because of the hot-cold treatment it received earlier. Avoid damaging or removing the flesh while you peel the skin.

  6. 6

    Remove the seeds and extra water if you choose, though it will not harm the tomatoes to be frozen with the seeds inside. Use a spoon or your fingers to scoop out as many seeds as you can. Then squeeze the tomatoes over a sink to remove excess water.

  7. 7

    Cut the tomatoes in half, in slices or leave them whole for the freezing process. Put the tomatoes in a freezer bag and squeeze the bag to get rid of extra air. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer.

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