How To Preserve Fresh Tomatoes

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

How To Preserve Fresh Tomatoes

You can preserve fresh tomatoes by canning, freezing, and dehydrating methods which range from simple to more complex, though none of them require special kitchen skills. Preserving fresh tomatoes is indeed necessary for the kitchen since tomatoes are widely in use and add to the flavors in the dish.

How to Freeze Whole Tomatoes

The steps involved in the freezing of whole tomatoes involve the following steps:

  •  Wash and cut tomatoes

Freezing whole tomatoes involves washing the tomatoes and removing the stems. It is suggested that at the bottom of each tomato, an X cut should be made using a paring knife.

  • Blanch the tomatoes

A large pot of water is brought to a boil. A few tomatoes are blanched for about 30 seconds depending on the size of the tomato. It is asked to wait just long enough until the skin starts to curl up where it has been scored.

  • Dip the tomatoes in ice water

The tomatoes are removed with a slotted spoon and transferred in ice water. These are then placed in a colander placed over a bowl to catch any excess liquid.

  • Remove the tomato skins

When the tomatoes are cool enough to be handled, the skins of the tomatoes are removed. Gently the tomatoes are squeezed to push them out of their skins. It is made to make sure to catch all the accumulating liquid.

  • Pack the tomatoes in jars

The tomatoes are tightly packed,  whole, halved, or quartered depending on size into freezer containers or straight-sided jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Especially when jars are used, there are chances to likely find air pockets between the tomatoes, which cause freezer burn. Inserting a dinner knife seems to work well to remove these spaces.

 It should be taken care that the tops of the tomatoes are fully covered with liquid. Also, it is suggested to push them down if necessary. When using ripe tomatoes, they should release plenty of liquid to do the job. 

  • Close the jars

 Finally, the jars are closed with plastic lids and kept frozen.

How to Freeze Stewed Tomatoes

Cooking the tomatoes yields a more condensed product than freezing the tomatoes raw. Also, there seems to be less risk of freezer burn because the diced tomatoes will be immersed in cooked juice(there is no exposure to oxygen).

The steps required in freezing the stewed tomatoes are as follows:

  • Wash and cut tomatoes

The tomatoes are to be washed and the stems are to be removed. Using a paring knife, an X is to be cut in the bottom of each tomato.

  • Blanch the tomatoes

A large pot of water is to be brought to a boil. Similarly, a few tomatoes are to be blanched at a time in the boiling water, long enough until the skin starts to curl up. The water should be boiled for about 30 seconds depending on the size of the tomato.

  •  Dice the tomatoes

The tomatoes are diced and placed in a pot. The tomatoes are brought to a boil, then the heat is reduced and cooked, uncovered until the tomatoes are soft. This should be done about 10 minutes, or longer for larger amounts.

  •  Fill freezer containers with tomatoes

The tomatoes are kept to cool, then filled into freezer containers or jars. Care should be taken that one-inch headspace should be kept above the tomatoes. Finally, the plastic lids are closed and frozen.

How to Freeze Tomato Sauce

The most space-saving method is to turn the fresh tomatoes into the sauce before freezing them if there is a shortage of room in the freezer.

The following are the steps involved in making and freezing the tomato sauce are given below.

  •  Strain tomatoes through a food mill

It is said to follow the recipe for freezing stewed tomatoes above and then strain them through a food mill after cooling.

  •  Fill freezer containers with sauce

Then the sauce is to be filled into freezer containers or jars, leaving one-inch headspace. 

  • Seal the jars

Finally, the lids are to be closed and frozen.

Other methods wherein the tomatoes can be preserved are 

  • Making pizza sauce or salsa
  • Preparing  tomato chutney 
  • Making jam out of the fresh tomatoes
  • Pickling the tomatoes 
  • Dehydrating them
  • Sundry the tomatoes

Conclusion

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

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

Citations

How to Freeze Tomatoes | Whole, Stewed, and Sauce | Allrecipes

26 Ways To Preserve A Bounty Of Tomatoes (ruralsprout.com)

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