The Easiest Way to Preserve Whole Tomatoes

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You just never know what you're going to learn in yoga class.

Last week I shared some of the garden bounty with a few gals and one told me her favorite way to preserve tomatoes is freezing them whole.

That seems so much simpler than canning tomatoes or making several batches of pasta sauce and chili to freeze for the winter.

So, I gave it a test run.

She said to pick, wash, bag and freeze the tomatoes whole. When you want to cook with them, run the frozen fruits under warm water to loosen the skin. Then, peel the tomatoes, chop and cook.

She likes to use them in everything from soup to sauces. And, she's right! It was super easy and my latest batch of chili turned out fabulous made with the frozen tomatoes. I was worried about a grainy texture, but the tomatoes were perfect.

So, what's your favorite way to preserve tomatoes?

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

6 comments:

  1. I've done this a few times in the past. Works great!

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    1. Great! I look forward to trying my frozen tomatoes in all sorts of dishes this winter! :) ~Angela

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  2. Nice tip. Remember seeds may become bitter and the excess water makes sauces runny.

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    1. Hi Chef Kerwin!

      I didn't know that about the seeds. So maybe they can be squeezed out along with some of the excess juice?

      Since I usually use whole tomatoes for chili, pasta sauce or pizza sauce, I tend to just cook the recipe longer to evaporate off the extra water. Good reminder!

      Thanks!
      ~Angela

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  3. Let us know this winter how it works out. ;)

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