Freezing Summer Tomatoes

Author Melissa Sperka


  • Firm ripe tomatoes any amount
  • 8 quarts water
  • plastic freezer safe storage bags or
  • plastic freezer safe containers


  • Choose ripe, firm tomatoes, your favorite variety. Clean thoroughly and leave whole.
  • Bring 8 quarts of water to a rolling boil, then carefully lower whole tomatoes into the boiling water.
  • Leave for 30-45 seconds.
  • Remove and immediately immerse in cold ice water.
  • Remove the peel and core. [tip: An apple corer works great for this task.]
  • Quarter, or chop as desired.
  • Package in freezer bags or freezer safe containers leaving 1 inch of head space. [tip: If using a bag, press all of the air out of the bag]
  • Label the exterior of the bag or container with the amount and contents.
  • Freeze immediately.


When preparing vegetables or fruits to freeze, be certain you start with clean hands, utensils and containers.