Fresh summer tomatoes are sweet, juicy, and full of flavor that can be taken right into the fall and winter months. Really! Right now tomatoes are in season and ripe for the picking. Local farms and markets are perfect places to buy tomatoes if you did not grow any this year.
I don’t know how to can vegetables, but I can work a freezer bag pretty well, and that’s all you need to freeze tomatoes. Fresh frozen tomatoes bring the flavor and zest of summer to homemade vegetable soup, stews, and chili during the cold days of fall and winter.
The process is simple: bring a pot of water to boil, drop in tomatoes and allow to boil for a few minutes. You will begin to see the tomato skin crack. Using a slotted spoon remove tomatoes and place on a plate to cool. Once cooled enough to handle, peel the skin off and cut out the core with a knife. If you do not like seeds, gently use your fingers to clear them out. Place in a freezer baggie. Get as much of the air out as you can, seal the baggie and lay flat in the freezer.