Can You Freeze Tomatoes? Yes, and Here's How to Do It

In the past, people could only eat tomatoes when they weren't in season by putting them in jars when they were fresh and ripe. Today, that's not the case.

Freezing tomatoes is the best way to keep their taste so you can use them in tomato recipes for months to come, and it's easier than you might think.

But before you start freezing every tomato you pick from the bush, let's get one thing straight: tomatoes won't come out of the deep freeze as plump and pretty as when they went in.

You won't want to eat these tomatoes raw or put them on plates because they'll come out of the freezer soft and watery. Instead, you can use them to make warm soups, rich chili, pasta meals, and spicy marinara sauce.


You can freeze all kinds of tomatoes, from small cherry tomatoes to big beefsteak tomatoes and pretty special tomatoes. But make sure the tomatoes are fully ripe before you freeze them so they taste their best.

Tomatoes can be frozen in different ways, but the easiest is to freeze them whole. All you have to do is wash the tomatoes and let them dry.

If you want to use the tomatoes whole in the coming months, you may want to remove the woody stem and core by "hulling" them. Then, put the tomatoes in a bag with a zipper, squeeze out as much air as you can,

*It really is that simple! If you only want to use a few of the frozen tomatoes at a time, freeze them in bags so you can take one out when you need it.

*You can also cut tomatoes into big or small chunks or cook them down a bit before freezing them. This is a good idea if your freezer is already full.