How To Preserve Cherry Tomatoes (3 Tips)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve cherry tomatoes?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving cherry tomatoes and the potential implications of preserving cherry tomatoes.

How To Preserve Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes can be preserved by various methods as per the convenience of the dish it needs to be incorporated into. Such as freezing, dehydrating, pickling, making jam, sauce, oiling, etc.  The cherry tomatoes add different bling to the dish and also add to the nutrients in the food. 

Flesh freeze cherry tomatoes

One of the ways to preserve cherry tomatoes is to flesh-freeze them. But the main issue was seen during this method was that the cherry tomatoes chump into messy gobs when thawed. 

 Thus, the steps required to follow the method are as follows:

  • The cherry tomatoes should be placed on a cookie sheet while freezing.
  • Place the sheet in the freezer for about 12 hours.
  • Once they turn hard, the cherry tomatoes can be dropped into the jar and stored.

Dehydration of cherry tomatoes

Dehydration is an easy way to remove the water from the cherry tomatoes. Thus, after dehydration, the cherry tomatoes bring a good way to be preserved. The process is the same as that of dehydrating cabbages for use.

  The steps involved in this process are as follows.

  • Wash off the cherry tomatoes with clean water.
  • Chop the tomatoes in half. 
  • Take a tray and place parchment paper.
  • Flip down the tomatoes and put them in the dehydrator.
  • Keep the temperature at about 135 degrees until the tomatoes dehydrate.

Making jam out of cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a good source of making jam, they have small seeds which make them more apt for use.

The following are the steps to be taken to prepare a jam that can be used as a taste inducer or topping for various dishes. 

  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut them into halves. 
  • To a stockpot add the tomatoes and sugar. Stir them well.
  • To the mixture add a few teaspoons of lime juice and ginger, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and chili flakes to add on taste. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. 
  • When the jam is ready, cool it down.
  • Pour it into the cans or jars.
  • Keep the jars in a water bath canner for about 20 minutes. 
  • Once the water bath is done, the jars are stored in a dry and cold place.

Pickling of cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes can also be pickled to enhance the taste and run longer than usual. The tomatoes get soggy due to cooking but picking can be a great way of storing these tiny tomatoes.

The steps involve :

  • Wash the tomatoes with clean water.
  • Chop them if needed or the cherry tomatoes can be pickled as a whole.
  • Add salt and vinegar in proper ratio to water, bring them to boil.
  • Add the required amount of spice to add to the taste of the pickle( sugar, cinnamon, garlic, ginger).
  • Mix well until the spices mix well.
  • Once the pickle is ready add them to the jar.
  • Store in dark and cold for use.

Sundry the cherry tomatoes

If the weather supports your will, sun-drying is a very convenient method. With the sun scorching the cherry tomatoes can very well dry. This will help to dehydrate the cherry tomatoes and give them an amazing taste.

The steps involve the following:

  • Wash the tomatoes with clean running water.
  • Remove the stalks if needed.
  • Take a clean tray and spread parchment paper on it.
  • Chop the tomatoes into halves.
  • Keep the trays in the sun.
  • Rotate as and when needed depending on the sun’s intensity.
  • Once dried, put the tomatoes in the container and store them.

Other ways of preserving cherry tomatoes

Other than the above-mentioned methods, there are other ways in which these tangy cherry tomatoes can be preserved for later use. 

  • Preserve the cherry tomatoes by adding oil
  • Preserve the cherry tomatoes by making sauce out of them. 

Why Preserving Cherry Tomatoes is a Smart Choice

Cherry tomatoes, just like other kinds of tomatoes, have a lot of vitamins and minerals. This helps in keeping our bodies healthy and energetic. Cherry tomatoes are incredibly easy to snack on by adding some condiments here and there. We can easily get our servings of produce that can stay adhered to our taste buds without even realizing what we have just produced.

With so many methods of preserving cherry tomatoes, we can get various different forms in which we can utilize these cherry tomatoes to please our taste buds.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve cherry tomatoes?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving cherry tomatoes and the potential implications of preserving cherry tomatoes.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Citations

10 Ways To Preserve Cherry Tomatoes – Pampered Chicken Mama: Raising Backyard Chickens (thefrugalchicken.com)

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.