Day 119: Summer Tomatoes for Winter ♥

The "tomato man" at the farmers market shared this fabulous tip last week. I tried it -- and it works!

He says it takes advantage of the tomato's natural 'zip lock' bag, its skin.

This is a great way to put aside a few tomatoes for winter. You don't end up with tomatoes good enough for salad but they'd be tasty fresh additions to stews, casseroles, anything cooked.

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 5 months

Perfectly ripe tomatoes

Wash and dry the tomatoes well. Place on freezer shelf until frozen solid, then transfer to a zip lock bag and return to the freezer. (Freezing the tomatoes individually first prevents them from stocking together in the bag. The same trick works with blueberries and cranberries, for example.)

When ready to use, run the tomatoes under hot water to easily remove the skins.
Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. AnonymousJuly 24, 2012

    This accually works. Been doing it for a couple of years. never tried the pealing. How long would it be safe to store them in the freezer


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