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How to Freeze Home Grown Tomatoes

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Written by Roseanne Pratt   

Freezing is the easiest and the safest way to preserve tomatoes from your garden. Freezing tomatoes will help lock in summertime fresh flavor and nutrients to enjoy in soups and sauces all winter long.

1. Make sure to pick tomatoes that are fully colored and tender and never mushy or soft to the touch.

2. Clean all tomatoes picked from the garden by rinsing them under a stream of running water. Rub the surface of the tomato and remove all unwanted dirt or soil.

3. Make sure to remove all stems. If needed carefully use a knife to remove stems. Fill a large pot or stockpot with water and bring water to a boil.

Add three tomatoes at a time in the water. Remove all tomatoes from the pot with a large slotted spoon when the tomato skins are loose usually after thirty seconds to a minute.

4. Slide skins off the tomatoes and remove any bits of peel at the core of the tomato. Freeze the tomato, cut up, and place in a freezer bag.

Frozen tomatoes will stay fresh in your freezer for up to one year and taste great in soups, sauces and stews. Enjoy!

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