Sunday, August 23, 2009

Freezer Tomato Puree

Freezer Tomato Puree

Roma tomatoes

Slice Roma tomatoes in half and gently squeeze over the sink to remove jelly and juice. Process tomatoes through a Victorio Food Strainer using the applesauce/tomato juice attachment. Freezer in containers for later use.

I enjoy using tomato puree for our all time favorite salsa recipe. During the summer I puree tomatoes from our garden and from the farmers market, then freeze in 2.5 cup proportions for later use. The puree freezes great. Simply thaw, then add a freshly chopped tomato, onion and jalapeno for a great salsa throughout the off season.

My favorite containers for freezer storage are the Rubbermaid Take-along 2.9 cup storage containers. They stack great, hold up well to repeated washings and if they break they are cheap to replace (10 for $3.97).

A half bushel (23LB box) of tomatoes produces 35 cups of tomato puree or 14 2.5 cup proportions. 2009 prices are $16.00 a box.


  1. You don't even cook it?? I don't have a juicer gadget, so I always find myself cooking it down for hours, then pureeing it with an immersion blender. Your way looks like about 1/4 the work.

  2. How would you do something similar without that tool? I don't have one but would love to use fresh tomatoes.

  3. Yes, you can make a puree without a large strainer- it just takes a little more work. :)

    My salsa recipe has directions, here is the link.

    Good luck!