Freezing whole raw tomatoes is a wonderful way to have the sweet taste of tomatoes all year long. This recipe is a very simple way to do it too. This is much easier and healthier than making canned tomatoes.
Why is it best to leave the skins on?
Tomato peels help the carotenoids in tomatoes be absorbed by the intestines according to a study from Marseille, France. Also, tomato skin contains most of the flavonols. To get the most health benefits of tomatoes, do not peel them.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
The red of tomatoes is what makes them full of health benefits, even when you are enjoying them as a refreshing juice or tomato sauce. Tomatoes are fat-burning, help prevent cancer, and are a very heart-healthy food. For sure they are a healthy superfood.
What scientists have found is that their high quantity of lycopene, the phytochemical that creates tomatoes’ ruby red complexion is what makes them very health benefiting. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits free radicals, which are destructive substances in the body. It binds to free radicals, keeping them from creating cell damage that can result in diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
The fastest way is to freeze whole raw tomatoes but you can freeze sliced, chopped, or puréed. The thawed tomatoes are good in any cooked tomato recipe. Season after thawing not before freezing as freezing may either strengthen or weaken seasonings.
They are best used in soups, sauces and stews as they become mushy when they’re thawed.
Freezing Raw Whole Tomatoes
- Firm Ripe Tomatoes
- Select firm, ripe tomatoes and discard any that are spoiled.
- Wash the tomatoes well under running water and dry them with a paper towel.
- Cut away the stem scar and surrounding area and discard it before freezing.
- Place the tomatoes on cookie sheets and freeze.
- Tomatoes do not need to be blanched before freezing.
- Once they are frozen solid, put the tomatoes into freezer bags or other containers.
- Seal them tightly.
- As with all frozen vegetables, it is best to eat them within about 8 months for the best quality.
They are best used in soups, sauces and stews as they become mushy when they're thawed.
Here is another way you can freeze tomatoes.
Here are some of my favorite Tomato Recipes:
Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing – This Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing is an easy way to jazz up any salad! This is a base recipe that you can alter with your choice of herbs or salty flavors. This bottle of dressing is enough for three large salads. A healthy homemade salad dressing is always the way to go as those store-bought ones are very often filled with unhealthy ingredients.
Tomato Salad Dressing – This delicious tomato salad dressing is a very light dressing vegan recipe and is excellent for those wanting a low-fat dressing. Also, it is full of superfoods (olive oil, tomato, and stevia). It is always good to make your own salad dressing so you can use a nutritious oil, not too much salt, and no sugar. I have been making my own salad dressing for decades.
Asparagus Tomato Salad – This luxurious asparagus tomato salad was enjoyed so much the first time I created the recipe so I never stopped serving it. I used parsley because that is what I had but chopped basil or mint would be good too.
Tasty Tomato Chutney – This tasty tomato chutney is a great healthy condiment for a curry meal and it is so easy to prepare. This is a good recipe to use from your recipe of ‘Freezing Raw Whole Tomatoes’.
Enjoy a Cool Tomato Soup On a Hot Summer Day – This is a one-bowl serving so if you are making it for two, double the recipe accordingly. Tasty cold tomato soup is refreshing, nutritious, tastes divine, and great for a hot summer day. You don’t even need to turn on the stove to heat up your house for this recipe. This soup is made in a blender or food processor and is fast and easy to make. This makes it a perfect quick lunch or dinner when you want something refreshing in the summer.
Bloody Mary Alcohol-free Recipe Is Healthy and Delicious -Have you ever had an alcohol-free Bloody Mary? Whenever we think of a Bloody Mary drink it is full of alcohol. Many of us (me included) do not drink alcohol so we never drink one. So I created this alcohol-free Bloody Mary that is healthier too. So often what we find at parties are pops and very unhealthy drinks full of alcohol. In our testing, we always find that alcohol lowers the vitality of everyone which includes me.