Post Content

tomatoesOne of my favorite summer treats are fresh tomatoes, either from my garden (if my green thumb holds out) or from my local farmer’s market.  I sometimes run out of ideas for fresh tomato recipes and hate to see them spoil if I can’t eat them fast enough.  But this year, I’ll be ahead of the game, since I plan to freeze what I grow or buy and enjoy them through the winter months in soups, stews, and sauces.  I always knew that freezing is one of the easiest ways to preserve many fruits and vegetables without losing much of their flavor or nutritional value, but I never thought tomatoes would freeze well.  Surprise!  Here are some tips to freezing tomatoes that I discovered:

·         Tomatoes can be preserved cooked or raw, and whole, diced, sliced or pureed.

·         Wash tomatoes thoroughly before getting them ready to freeze.

·         You can freeze peeled or unpeeled tomatoes.  To peel them before freezing, just dip them into boiling water for 1 minute, let cool, and the skin will come off easily!  If you want to peel frozen tomatoes, just run them under warm running water for a minute. 

·         To freeze whole tomatoes, cut out the stem first.  Otherwise, slice or chop the tomatoes.

·         Place the whole or cut tomatoes on a cookie sheet in the freezer.

·         After they are frozen, transfer the pieces to freezer bags or containers. 

·         You can also pour chopped or pureed tomatoes into ice cube trays.  Once frozen, pop the cubes out and store them in freezer bags or containers.  

·         Good cooking tip: It’s better to add spices and herbs after thawing frozen tomatoes, since they can either become too powerful or lose their kick when frozen.

For more information on preserving, storing and cooking tomatoes visit: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/whats-available-summer/tomatoes

Do you ever freeze vegetables or fruits?  Let us know!

Tags: ,

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014 posted on Nov 21

This week’s flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remained relatively stable as compared to last week’s numbers. It’s safe to say that we’ll see these rates rise in the coming weeks and months – and with the holiday season approaching, now’s a great time   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! posted on Nov 18

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

The holiday season brings a lot of fun, but can be stressful at times. Try focusing on seeing things through your child’s eyes. Chances are the traditions and memories you make are what children will grow up to remember, not the gifts or fancy meals.   …Continue Reading The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014 posted on Nov 17

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. This is to be expected at this time of year in New England, and it’s a great reminder that if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, there   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014