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Fast and Easy Way To Freeze Raw Tomatoes: Step by Step

I Love Tomatoes

Clean Roma Tomatoes.

Clean Roma Tomatoes.

I have been freezing tomatoes the fast and easy way of years, and have perfected the easiest way. Still it seems every year someone is surprised by my quick and easy method to prep, package and freeze tomatoes.

This may take you by surprise, but I do not blanch tomatoes or remove the tomato skins. In fact, I skip yet another step. I remove the tomato stems, but I leave the stem ends on when freezing raw Roma tomatoes, because that stem end is not a problem. In earlier years, I cut out the stem ends when using a variety of tomatoes and combined them.

These days, I have mostly Romas that are ready to process after harvesting straight from the garden. The nice thing about freezing is that you can do a lot or a few at a time. I have found the quart sized Ziplock freezer bags to work so very well,...more on that later.

Plus, there are a couple of kitchen gadgets that help to make this process a snap!


How To Freeze Tomatoes

The Roma tomatoes that I have are a smaller variety and as with all Romas, they are a meatier tomato with not a lot of juice, which makes working with them a breeze.

After rinsing tomatoes, double check to see there are not any with bad spots and discard them from the freezing. You want to be using only healthy tomatoes, one bad one can ruin a whole batch and that would be sad.

Cut the tomatoes into whatever sized pieces you want. I quarter the Romas and them slice them across in thirds. If you do not have a tomato knife, consider getting one. I have had one for a few years, and have never been disappointed with it and am always surprised how well it cuts even soft tomatoes.

Place the cut tomatoes into freezer bags and then into the freezer. Really, that is it. I just processed 3 quarts in half an hour. A Pampered Chef Scraper is handy for scooping up the tomato chunks and sliding them into a bag.

I Use A Bamboo Cutting Board

Slicing tomatoes to freeze.

Slicing tomatoes to freeze.

Prep Time For Three Quarts

Prep timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

Three Quarts

Roma Tomatoes

Putting sliced tomatoes into freezer bags.

Putting sliced tomatoes into freezer bags.

Instructions For Three Quarts of Frozen Tomatoes

  1. Harvest 3 1/2 quarts of tomatoes, and rinse them clean. Once the tomatoes are sliced, they will take less room. So, for three quarts you will need more than three quarts of whole tomatoes.
  2. Remove the stems.
  3. Slice your tomatoes.
  4. Fill the freezer bags, and remove the air. Then, close the filled bags.
  5. Put a date on the freezer bags so you will know when they were frozen.
  6. Place the fill Ziplock bags in the freezer.

Ziploc Slider Bags Work Well

Ziploc bags for freezing tomatoes.

Ziploc bags for freezing tomatoes.

The Freezer Bags I Use

Eating Healthy

Sliced tomatoes in Ziploc bags.

Sliced tomatoes in Ziploc bags.

Delicious Red Fruits For Cooking

Tomatoes are a delicious red fruit that I like to have on handy all year through for cooking recipes with. When growing your own tomatoes it is always good to eat them fresh off the vines during harvest time.

The frozen tomatoes in a handy quart size bag are easy to thaw and use whenever you are ready to cook up a recipe that calls for them. But, if you are like me, you enjoy will some right out of the bag, or even in salads.

To use the frozen, thawed tomatoes in a salad, you can whip up your own tomato based dressing and add the oil, vinegar, and seasonings of your choice with a stick blender.

Frozen tomatoes can be eaten frozen for a low-calorie treat.

Another way I love the frozen tomatoes is to use the stick blender to break them up into a tomato ice drink that is awesomely great with lime.

Pampered Chef Scrapper

Tomatoe Knife and Pampered Chef Scrapper For Vegetables

Tomatoe Knife and Pampered Chef Scrapper For Vegetables

Handy Scraper

A Great Kitchen Gadget

Tomato Knife

Tomato Knife

Tomato Knife

Stems of tomatoes in kitchen sink drain.

Stems of tomatoes in kitchen sink drain.

Easy Clean Up

I use the kitchen sink dish rack to rinse the tomatoes clean.

Then, I discard the stems right in the sink.

Last, I will clean the drain basket out when I am all done.

It is fast and easy!

Freeze Tomatoes Step by Step Instructions Tutorial

Growing Meaty Romas

Green Roma Tomatoes

Green Roma Tomatoes

Please Leave A Comment in the Guestbook

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 20, 2016:

Thank you for sharing my hub, Peggy. You are a sweet lady! I didn't get as much of a tomato harvest this year. It was a rainy year and cloudy, that didn't help. Nonetheless, I am enjoying tomatoes and do have some frozen for winter months ahead. - Kudos!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 19, 2016:

We are getting a few tomatoes this year but can easily keep up with eating them and don't have to worry about freezing them. Will share this for those who might find this helpful. I am getting a good crop of okra this year! :)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on August 03, 2016:

Au fait, I love my chili in the winter months especially, and frozen tomatoes and better than canned any day in my book. Thank you for visiting, nice to see you again.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on August 03, 2016:

Maurice, it was nice to have the pleasure of your visit. Thank you very much for coming by. I love raw tomatoes in salads, and have been enjoying the harvest this year. - Kudos

C E Clark from North Texas on August 02, 2016:

Should be about time for tomatoes to be getting ripe and ready to pick in most places across the U.S. What a great way to preserve them for later in the year when fresh tomatoes aren't so readily available. I love tomatoes too!

Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on July 23, 2016:

We've always grown tomatoes because we eat them so much. It never occured to me that we have never thought of freezing them. We eat them mostly raw in salads so that could be the reason but I'll give it a try.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on June 11, 2016:

Thank you for coming by, vocalcoach. I love my tomato knife, the right tool comes in handy and make a job easier. Best wished with your gardening this year, too.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on June 11, 2016:

Good luck with your gardening this year, Peggy. I'm getting ready to get plants into the ground, I think we are past anymore frost during the night. I'm looking forward to harvesting tomatoes. - Thank you!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 12, 2016:

Being a tomato lover - I enjoyed this hub so much. Very happy to know how to freeze tomatoes using your easy guide. I may be ordering the tomato knife as well. Thanks for sharing and I will too!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2016:

I have all kinds of little tomato plants coming up from seed out of the compost I spread on our little garden. Will definitely think of freezing them if we ever get more than we can eat at any one time. Happy to share once again.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 11, 2016:

Tomatoes have always been easy grower for me. I love having them year around and especially fresh off the vine. Thanks for visiting, Sandy!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on February 17, 2016:

I have done this with our tomatoes. It is one fruit that tends to grow good for us.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on July 04, 2015:

It is a fast and easy way to freeze a bunch of tomatoes, Suzanne.

I prefer using the Roma tomatoes because they are more meaty.

Happy 4th of July!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on July 01, 2015:

This sounds so easy! Why didn't I think of this way to freeze raw tomatoes before? Thank you for this wonderful hub on a simple way to freeze tomatoes.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on May 22, 2015:

Au fait, it is fast and easy to prep and freeze several pounds of tomatoes at a time. I do recommend to do this with meatier tomatoes unless you want to use juicier tomatoes for sauces.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 21, 2015:

Sounds pretty easy. If a person has a large enough freezer it would be possible to freeze enough tomatoes at a good price, or from one's own garden, to last all year. Tomatoes are so healthful it makes sense to have them available for whatever a person has in mind in the moment.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 28, 2015:

Freezing tomatoes can be watery, unless you select a meaty tomato like the Roma tomatoes which I do prefer.

Thank you for visiting, Missy.

Missy from The Midwest on April 28, 2015:

Nice hub. I didn't realize I could freeze tomatoes. I was worried it wouldn't work well since they are so watery.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 14, 2015:

That sound great, word55. Thank you for stopping by.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on April 13, 2015:

Hi colorfulone, I love tomatoes. I like your ideas about freezing them. I'll be glad to read more about freezing/treating other fruit/vegetables from you. Thank you for sharing.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 13, 2015:

Aliur, thank you. I hope this helpful for you Mom.

Cheers!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 13, 2015:

Catherine, you just got my mouth watering for some yummy tomato sauce. Thanks for the idea for supper tonight, and for visiting. - Kudos!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 13, 2015:

Sunil, I am glad this article is helpful.

Thank you very much for sharing it.

Aliur on April 13, 2015:

Great piece of information. :) Thanks for sharing your idea. Never heard about it before. I will tell my mom about it so she can do the same. Have a good time!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on April 13, 2015:

What a great idea to freeze tomatoes. Fresh tomato sauce is great on pasta. Just a quick sauté in olive oil with garlic. Also great for roasting with other vegetables.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 13, 2015:

Interesting post and helpful too. Your ideas and the tips are great. Keep on writing such useful hubs. Shared.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 04, 2015:

Rangoon, you are welcome.

Thank you for visiting my how to hub.

Cheers!

AJ from Australia on April 04, 2015:

Hi Susie - you're right - this is so easy and obvious. I would never have thought of this because I can buy tomatoes year round, but I'll be sure to do this. Thank you for giving me the idea.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 24, 2015:

Chitrangada, thank you for the very nice comment.

You brighten this gals day!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 24, 2015:

Very useful information on freezing tomatoes. I have never tried this, as tomatoes are available round the year. But yes they are slightly expensive in summers. This sounds like a good idea for those times.

Thanks for sharing, voted up and pinned!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 18, 2015:

Flourish, that is right. So many tomatoes and not enough takes to give them to. Freezing tomatoes is a great option, and they can be shared with family and friends frozen too. - Thank you for pinning and voting up!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 18, 2015:

This is going to be essential this summer when all those tomatoes come in at once and you feel you can't even give them away! Voting up and more, pinning.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 16, 2015:

I love smooths, and the tomato juice is one of my favorites.

Thanks for visiting, Anne!

Anne Harrison from Australia on March 15, 2015:

What an amazing idea - I've always cooked my tomatoes (made sauce) before freezing. I'll also try it with the cherry tomatoes which grow unchecked in summer.

I do a similar thing, though, with mangos when they are in season and we buy them by the box-load. They freeze beautifully, can be added to salads or pureed up in a juice or smoothie.

Thanks, voted up

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 15, 2015:

Romas are healthy snacks, and I love them fresh off the vine best.

Thanks for visiting, Mary.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2015:

This is one useful thing to do. I always buy bags of these Romas as my husband likes to bring these for snacks in the office. So, when I have lots, I'll freeze some of them.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 11, 2015:

Peach, I like to freeze Roma tomatoes because they are meaty and less juicy than other tomatoes. Sounds like you froze juicy tomatoes.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 07, 2015:

i had just tried freezing the tomatoes but when I remove them from the fridge, it is full of ice water. What did i do wrong?

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 05, 2015:

Anytime, Colorfulone. :-)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 05, 2015:

You gave me a good case of the giggles, Kristen.

Thank you for the good time. :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 05, 2015:

Humble? I have burnt bacon last year and other foods. A learning process. I probably would never be a baker.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 05, 2015:

Kristen, you sound humble to me. I'm sure you are a fine cook.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 04, 2015:

You're welcome. I'm only a beginner home cook who could only cook the basics right now. (It took me awhile to boil hard-cooked eggs, too.)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 04, 2015:

Kristen, thank you for stopping by. Tomatoes are so good in salads and many recipes.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 04, 2015:

Great tips, Colorfulone. I love roma tomatoes in my salads. Clever ideas on how to freeze them. I would give them a go this spring. Voted up!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Pinoy, this is a great way to preserve those tomatoes that have gotten ripe, and its fast and easy. - Thanks for coming by.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Sheila, I do love a mild picante sauce and having stewed tomatoes on hand is always a yummy ingredient for many dishes I like to cook.

Thank you for visiting and the up vote m'dear.

Shiela Gerona from Philippines on February 20, 2015:

I haven't tried this. We have lots of ripe tomatoes in the refrigerator. Thank you for the helpful information how to preserve tomatoes.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 19, 2015:

Good to see your comment, @Blackspaniel1

Thank you very much for visiting!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 19, 2015:

Very useful information! Hubby and I can our tomatoes, making picante sauce and stewed tomatoes with them. I could freeze some as well for when I need just tomatoes. Voting up and useful!

Blackspaniel1 on February 17, 2015:

This is worth keeping in mind. I would have never thought of it.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 17, 2015:

Interesting hub. I have never frozen our tomatoes, but it's a great idea when we have to many.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 16, 2015:

I wish I had read this months ago...I froze tomatoes and it was nightmare. someone who had been freezing them forever said to freeze them whole. Not a good idea. At least not for me.

this looks like it would be the way.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up shared+++ and pinned

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 11, 2015:

Sylvia, those knives are the bomb when it comes to slicing tomatoes.

Good to see you my dear friend. Thank you!

Sylvia from Corpus Christi, Texas on February 11, 2015:

Wow! I had never heard of a tomato knife either! How cool is that? We used to grow big boy slicing tomatoes and I loved how sweet and meaty they were. I love this idea for preserving a harvest of home grown tomatoes! Great advice!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 10, 2015:

You are not alone, @calculus-geometry.

Thank you for visiting!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 10, 2015:

Um, I think I will try eating frozen grapes. Thank you for that tip, Marlene. I love eating frozen watermelon.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2015:

Thelma, thank you for visiting, and I am glad this information is useful for you.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2015:

Oh Peggy, if you are going to be processing a lot of tomatoes, one of these knives is a good investment. - Thank you for sharing, and caring!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2015:

Deb, I agree that freezing is so much easier them canning. Both are good things to do, and it really depends on how much freezer space I have.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 09, 2015:

Your tips for freezing tomatoes are wonderful and clever. I like eating frozen grapes, but had not heard of eating frozen tomatoes until you mentioned it here. I think I'll try it.

Fay Favored from USA on February 08, 2015:

Kind of thought that might be the case. Good for stir fry dishes. Thanks.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 08, 2015:

I love using my frozen tomatoes for making chili. I just might have to cook up a pot full soon, it sounds good to me. - Thank you, Patsy.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 08, 2015:

Good to see you, Susan. I hope you are doing well.

Yupperz, tomatoes can be frozen whole, too. - Thank you!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 08, 2015:

Wow! I have only freeze selfmade tomato sauce. I have not tried freezing tomatoes. Thanks for this useful hub. I would love to try this.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2015:

I learned how to can tomatoes when I had a huge garden in Wisconsin many years ago and planted 43 tomato plants the first year. Yikes! We were overrun with tomatoes. Ha! I like your method of preserving them...so much faster and easier! Like others have written, I did not realize that there was such a thing as a tomato knife. Up votes, 5 star rating and happy to share and tweet as well.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 08, 2015:

Fay....The ice crystals break down the tomato tissue and they sag when defrosted. Could slice and freeze, but they would need to be frozen before bagging together and would probably need to put parchment between slices to keep them separated with self defrosting freezers because of temperature variations. Could use them in hot sandwiches by heating the slices in a pan. Those would still be soggy. The partially frozen slices could be put on a cold sandwich to be eaten immediately as a different flavor and texture opportunity. Now, that would be a truly cold sandwich.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 08, 2015:

I am definitely going to freeze some of my tomatoes this year. So much easier than canning them, which is what I normally do.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 08, 2015:

You are so right. Thank you, @Romanian.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 08, 2015:

Hi, Peach. Thanks for coming by, its always good to read your comments. Hope you are having a good weekend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 07, 2015:

I didn't know that there was such a thing as a tomato knife! Thanks for the information. I love tomatoes, especially ones that have just been picked. Freezing sounds like a great way to preserve them.

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, SEMO on February 07, 2015:

I used frozen tomatoes to make chili today. I am going to look for the kitchen tools you shared. Sounds like just what I need. Great hub. Very helpful ^+

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2015:

I never knew you could freeze tomatoes. They usually don't last that long at my house but this is good to know.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 07, 2015:

Jackie, I do prefer frozen tomatoes over canned myself, because of flavor and especially because of the meatiness of Romas. Plus, its so much faster to process the fruits this way.

Thank you!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 07, 2015:

I like sunshine65 did not realize that there was such a thing as a tomato knife. I love the Chef's scraper idea too interesting, useful and awesome Hub.

Fay Favored from USA on February 07, 2015:

Susie, I've wondered if you could freeze tomatoes for salads or sandwiches so you can have fresh veggies in the winter. Would it work the same if I sliced them instead of dicing? Are they too soggy for sandwiches? Pinning this :)

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 07, 2015:

Sunshine, those tomato knives are great to use when processing a lot of fruit. - Have a meaningful day!

Bill, thank you for passing these tips on to your wife. I appreciate that.

Have an awesome day!

Nicu from Oradea, Romania on February 07, 2015:

These tomatoes will be delicious after freezing.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 06, 2015:

I thought cutting uptomatoes would mak3them molding if kept in fridge

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 06, 2015:

I love tomatoes and I freeze them very often when I find a sale on them or in the summer for ones I raise. I cook mine and then freeze them in baggies but to freeze them raw I can imagine may be even better. I will surely try it; because many times I have some go to waste not having time for peeling and cooking. Frozen tomatoes I think have a much better flavor than canned. Thanks for the info!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 06, 2015:

I'll pass this on to my wife. She will be delighted. Me? I really, truly don't like tomatoes. LOL Thanks for the info.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 06, 2015:

I never had a need to freeze tomatoes, but if I ever do...thanks for the tips! I never knew about the tomato knife, interesting lil gadget.

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