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Freezing Whole Tomatoes for Super Quick Marinara Sauce

Posted Sep 10 2012 7:57am

My mother in law taught me something this summer that may have just changed my life forever!  She brought me a few tomatoes from her garden, only to see a pile of tomatoes already on my kitchen counter.  So she told me, “If you aren’t going to eat these right away, go ahead and throw them in your freezer- whole!”

“You can do that?”  I asked inquisitively.

and so I did!

Take your whole tomatoes and put them in a freezer safe bag, and freeze!

Freezing whole tomatoes1

frozen tomatoes

Using your tomatoes is the easy part! We’ve added them to Chili and Marinara Sauce with great success.  Our super simple, super easy marinara sauce used:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 TBL Italian Seasoning
  • 1 frozen tomato

Put all ingredients in a small pot, and simmer over medium heat.

making marinara sauce step 1

making marinara sauce step 2

Soon, your tomatoes skin will slip off, and you can pull it out with tongs.

making marinara sauce step 3

Keep simmering until the entire tomatoes breaks down into your sauce.  You can blend your sauce if you like it smooth and runny.

making marinara sauce step 4

Then serve with your favorite pasta, or a zucchini coin dip!

zucchini and marinara Marinara Sauce Dip marinara sauce dip2 zucchini dipped in marinara sauce

This sauce is super thin, perfect for dipping. If you like it thicker, you can add 1 can of tomato paste.

If you like it chunkier, you don’t have to blend it in the blender.

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