Freezing Tomatoes without Cooking
It is possible to quickly freeze raw
tomatoes without blanching them first? Yes, they may be frozen without their skins or
frozen whole with their skins. Frozen tomatoes are best used in cooked foods
such as soups, sauces and stews as they become mushy when they're thawed.
Tomatoes should be washed before cutting. To wash, wet each tomato with water,
rub its surface, rinse it with running water, and dry it with a paper towel.
After washing, cut away the stem scar and surrounding area and discard it
before slicing or chopping the tomato. Washing tomatoes in a sink filled with water is
not recommended since contaminated water can be absorbed through the fruit's
stem scar. The use of soap or detergent is neither recommended nor approved
for washing fruits and vegetables because they can absorb detergent residues.
Tomatoes may be frozen whole, sliced, chopped,
or puréed. Additionally, you can freeze them raw or cooked, as juice or sauce,
or prepared in the recipe of your choice. Thawed raw tomatoes may be used in
any cooked-tomato recipe. Do not try to substituted them for fresh tomatoes,
however, since freezing causes their texture to become mushy. Tomatoes should
be seasoned just before serving rather than before freezing; freezing may
either strengthen or weaken seasonings such as garlic, onion, and herbs.
Select firm, ripe tomatoes for freezing. Sort the tomatoes, discarding any
that are spoiled. Wash them in clean water as recommended above. Dry them by
blotting with a clean cloth or paper towels.
Freezing whole tomatoes with
Prepare tomatoes as described above. Cut away
the stem scar. Place the tomatoes on cookie sheets and freeze. Tomatoes do not
need to be blanched before freezing. Once frozen, transfer the tomatoes from
the cookie sheets into freezer bags or other containers. Seal tightly. To use
the frozen tomatoes, remove them from the freezer a few at a time or all at
once. To peel, just run a frozen tomato under warm water in the kitchen sink.
Its skin will slip off easily.
Freezing peeled tomatoes
If you prefer to freeze peeled tomatoes, you can wash the tomatoes and then
dip them in boiling water for about 1 minute or until the skins split. Peel
and then freeze as noted above.