How to freeze tomatoes in the freezer

It is best to eat tomatoes in late summer or early fall. Fresh tomatoes have the most pleasant taste this time of year. But some housewives try to freeze tomatoes, so that even after the onset of cold weather add them to various dishes. Consider how to freeze tomatoes properly at home.

The rules for freezing tomatoes in the freezer

Freezing whole fruits

You can freeze tomatoes in the freezer in many ways. This product is used by housewives both in its entire form (for stuffing) and in chopped (for salads, stews), so it is worth considering how best to freeze tomatoes so that they do not lose their unique beneficial properties.

Since the fruits are too watery, it is not always possible to maintain their structure and make sure that the vegetable does not lose its taste.

Like any other vegetables, tomatoes can be frozen completely. After defrosting, tomatoes will be no worse than before this procedure. However, to get a quality frozen product, you need to adhere to the instructions:

  • wash the fruits and dry them;
  • put the fruits on a tray in 1 layer so that they do not lose shape;
  • put fresh tomatoes in the freezer;
  • put frozen tomatoes in bags, removing air;
  • put the blanks in the freezer.

Tatyana Orlova (candidate of agricultural sciences):

For freezing with whole fruits, cherry tomatoes and medium-sized cream weighing 50-60 g are best suited. They quickly freeze and can also be quickly thawed.

Tomatoes can be frozen whole without a peel. To do this, on the washed fruits in the upper part make a cross-shaped incision. Then the tomatoes are sent to boiling water so that they can be carefully peeled off. Tomatoes, already peeled, are laid out on a tray in the same way as in the previous case, frozen, and then packaged in separate bags.

Tatyana Orlova (candidate of agricultural sciences):

In the process of freezing, tomatoes should not touch each other, as they stick together and lose their shape.

Frozen fruit circles

With the addition of fresh vegetables, the dish is enriched with a rich taste and aroma. Let's consider how to freeze the tomato in circles correctly.

At the preparatory stage, the hostess must thoroughly wash the tomatoes and dry them, after which you can start slicing the fruits. The width of each circle should be within 7 mm.

Stick to recommendations

After this, the tray is covered with cling film or parchment paper. On this tray, the circles are laid out so that they do not touch each other.

The workpiece must be kept in the freezer for at least 2 hours. But freezers work with different capacities, so the hostess must control this process on her own.

When the tomatoes are completely frozen, you can begin to pack them. As in the previous case, it is very important to remove excess air from the plastic bag.

Tatyana Orlova (candidate of agricultural sciences):

Not all tomato varieties are suitable for processing. There are varieties for fresh consumption only. In the description of the variety, the nature of use is usually indicated on the package of seeds: for whole-canning, for salads, for the preparation of tomato paste. Not all tomato varieties are suitable for freezing. Frozen tomato should be dense, contain a large amount of sugars.

Tomato freezing slices

You can freeze tomatoes and slices. This is very convenient, because the product significantly reduces the amount of time spent. Consider how to freeze chopped fresh tomatoes.

  • choose fleshy fruits with a minimum amount of moisture;
  • rinse and completely dry the tomatoes;
  • cut the fruit into medium-sized cubes;
  • prepare small containers and small plastic bags.

It is impossible to thaw and use part of the tomatoes from the bag, and then freeze the residue again. In each container or bag, put the amount of product that will be needed for 1 serving of the dish.

If you decide to freeze fresh fruits without a peel in the freezer, then it must first be removed from whole fruits.

Mashed Tomato Freeze

Tomatoes can be frozen in the form of specially prepared tomato puree. This is the only method of freezing, involving the use of any kind of tomato, even the most juicy and watery. In this case, it is permissible to freeze overripe berries.

To freeze the tomatoes in the form of mashed potatoes, the fruits are thoroughly washed, peeled and cut into small pieces (1 tomato - into 6 parts). After that, they are passed through a meat grinder or blender.

Mashed potatoes passed through a meat grinder or a blender are packed in plastic containers.

When freezing, mashed potatoes increase in size, so pouring the mass to the edges is not necessary, otherwise the container will crack in the freezer.

Liquid mashed potatoes are also frozen in special ice tins. Next, the tomato mixture is poured into molds and waiting for it to completely freeze. This method is even more convenient, as the hostess will be able to get the required amount of mashed potatoes.

Conclusion

If you properly freeze tomatoes or any other vegetable in the freezer, it will not lose its taste.

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