Recipe: How to Keep Tomatoes for the Winter – Purees, Pastes, Freezing, Drying

Freezing Whole Tomatoes | Heat in The Kitchen | Italian | Winter | Vegetarian

In Autumn, tomatoes are cheap and great quality, often more flavorsome than Summer tomatoes. Locally I can buy large bags of them very cheaply. It is a perfect time to freeze tomatoes for use during winter.

Freezing Tomatoes | Heat in The Kitchen

Freezing Whole Tomatoes

When I came across this tip a couple of years ago, I was arather sceptical. Freeze whole tomatoes? Really? But it does work, and it helps with supplying tomatoes for cooking throughout the winter.

It is easy. Take some medium ziplock bags, place 2 or 3 washed and dried, whole tomatoes in the bag. Press the bag to remove as much air as possible and zip it closed. Place into the freezer.

When you want to use the tomatoes, add to soups, sauces, dals, braises etc straight from the freezer. They will break up as they defrost and cook.

It works a treat. I do hope that you get to try it.

Freezing Tomatoes | Heat in The Kitchen

Freeze Juice

Throw some tomatoes through the juicer, and freeze the wonderful juice. It is perfect for lots of tomato soups in winter, and can also be added to dishes such as dals, curries, rasams etc. Cheaper, cooking tomatoes can be used for juicing.

Freeze Pastes, Purees and Savoury Jams

It is worth freezing a range of tomato bases for adding layers of flavours to dishes during winter. Here are some that work really well.

  • An Italian Tomato Paste cooks down with a mirepoix to a flavoursome paste that freezes easily
  • Spiced Tomato Puree has a hit of red wine to deepen the flavours and add complexity
  • A great herb flavoured Italian Sauce – also contains a little red wine for deeper flavours
  • Pomarola – an Italian Tomato Sauce for Pizzas (and other uses)
  • A great Tomato and Chilli Jam which can be defrosted and used as a sauce, spread, dip or dressing.

Make a little of each, to get you through the winter with gorgeous tomato flavours. Cheaper, cooking tomatoes can be used for pastes, purees, sauces and jams.

Drying Tomatoes

Small tomatoes can also be successfully dried. Cherry or Grape tomatoes are the best for this. For larger tomatoes, increase the drying times.

  • Oven Dried Tomatoes with Sumac

While you have the oven on, why not dry some Capsicums as well.

 

Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

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