Do you wonder or sometimes ask yourself the question, Can ifreeze tomatoes? can tomatoes be frozen really? or how do i preserve fresh tomatoes to last you for a long period of time. Well then this article is just for you as we shall explain the process of freezing tomatoes and why it is usually not recommended to freeze your tomatoes.
Tomatoes are major source of antioxidant lycopene which when cooked provide about 80% of the lycopene in most US diets. advantages include prevention of heart risk failures and cancer . They are also good supplements of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and potassium.
Tomatoes not only contain several health benefits,but with a diverse ways of preparation, it can suit so many dishes and diet for you. They can be puree, blended, eaten raw, fried or boiled hence brings the questions on how to preserve them for a later use because of how rich and valuable they are.
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Can I Freeze Tomatoes??
The answer is yes, you can freeze your tomatoes and preserve them for up till about 4-6 months. Freezing tomatoes over a longer period than the speculated time is not really recommended because it will loose some of its nutritional value and textures as time goes by.
There are 2 major ways of freezing tomatoes ;
- The Raw(Puree) Method
- The Cooked method
How To Freeze Raw Tomatoes
Tomatoes can be preserved by freezing either in a whole form or by puree. If you wish to preserve your tomatoes in a whole form without chopping or blended you can simply remove the stem and wash after which you place them in the freezer bags and put in your freezer.
You can also preserve tomatoes raw by pureeing. How do i puree my tomatoes? You can peel and puree the tomatoes by dipping them in boiling water for a minute before draining, The peel should pull away easily leaving you able to blend.
How To Freeze Cooked Tomatoes
- After washing cut away the stem scar and then dip tomatoes in boiling water for about 1 minute or until the skins split to peel easier.
- Cut into quarters and then Put tomatoes in saucepan. Cover and cook until tender (10 to 20 mintues).
- Place pan containing tomatoes in cold water to cool down
- After cool-down, transfer to a storage container such as Plastic freezer bags,Freezer paper etc.
- Seal and freeze.
Perhaps after using a bit of a tinned tomatoes and you still have quite a few left in the tin and you’re wondering also how you can preserve the tinned tomatoes, then all you need to do is get a seal to cover opening and place it in the freezer which will remain intact until whenever you decide to make use of it again.
Freezing Tomato Juice
Wash tomatoes and remove stems, cores and blemishes. Cook tomatoes as quickly as possible after cutting into them if you don’t want your juice to separate. Quarter them into a saucepan; turn it on as soon as the first tomato is quartered and bring to a boil promptly. Keep adding tomato quarters, keep the pot boiling and keep stirring it. Crush tomatoes in the pot as you go. Simmer for 5 minutes after adding the last tomatoes. Then press tomatoes through a sieve to remove skins and seeds. You may add 1 teaspoon of salt to each quart of tomatoes, or not–it’s a matter of taste. Pour into containers leaving 1″ of headspace, label with the date, seal and freeze.