The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes

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The Easiest Way to Preserve Tomatoes

Got a lot of tomatoes coming in from your garden and wondering how to preserve them?

We had that problem just this past weekend.

We got a LOAD of tomatoes from our CSA and well, a lot of them needed to be processed right away or we were going to lose them to the compost pile.

I will be writing a post in the near future on homemade sun dried tomatoes, but today I am going to share with you the absolute easiest way to preserve tomatoes that I didn’t even know you could do until a few years ago.

Did you see my post on The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs a few weeks ago?

Well, this technique is just as simple as that.

Did you know thatyou can freeze tomatoes?

I didn’t.  But boy, was I happy this weekend that you can!

Over the past few days we processed almost 80 pounds of tomatoes.  I know, sounds crazy.

I thought that I’d have more time than just 2 days to go through them, but they were a lot “farther along” in the ripening process than we thought initially, so we needed to move fast.

A good number of them ended up in my dehydrator and they have made amazing sun-dried tomatoes.

And then we made at least 5 batches of what I think may be The Best Salsa Ever.

But the dehydrator takes awhile, and there is only so much salsa that we can eat, and so –to keep all those beauties from spoiling and since I don’t know how to can yet (and didn’t have time to learn :-)), I had to lean on freezing, which is the absolute easiest way to preserve tomatoes.

(By the way, for those of you wondering about the cost of preserving produce, I have a nifty cost analysis of food preservation in my post on “Which Saves Most – Dehydrating, Canning, or Freezing?”)

If you have the freezer space and no time, this is the way to go!


Do you like tips like these that make your life simpler?  You can see other time saving nifty storage solutions in my posts on

Now, if anyone lives in the West Michigan area and wants to get together to teach me how to can, I will be eternally grateful!

How about you?  How do you preserve your garden bounty?

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  1. Won’t freezing the tomatoes spoil the vitamins in them? Just curious? I would think canning is a better process if not more time consuming.

  2. I made 5 gallons of salsa, we love it and I made enough to last us all winter!

  3. Hi,
    I love this idea of freezing tomatoes, sounds really easy and just what I need! Once you defrost them, how can you use them? Sorry for asking a silly question but I’ve never done this or made any type of sauces before.
    Thanks!