Easy step by step instructions with pictures on how to make diced tomatoes from fresh tomatoes. Steps walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing them. This is a great way to preserve garden tomatoes if you’re picking a lot of them!
It’s raining tomatoes still. A ton of them!
Right now we have a explosion of cherry, roma and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter. I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.
We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June. July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior. It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.
I tend to use a ton of diced tomatoes in recipes. Before having the garden I would buy a few cans of diced tomatoes a week to throw in casseroles, pasta dishes and soups. Since having the garden there is no more diced tomato can buying as now it’s all homemade. Not only is it incredibly easy to make homemade diced tomatoes but it’s just as easy to make them last. I tend to freeze my diced tomatoes (like I do our stewed tomatoes) instead of canning. That means if you are still a bit fearful of that pressure cooker you can still preserve and save your tomatoes to last months!
I have been meaning to make a Diced Tomatoes walk through for ages but somehow I always forget. This year I wasn’t going to let it happen. With a big supply of tomatoes I put a afternoon aside to make a few batches of diced tomatoes and document it for you step by step (no matter how dirty my camera got!).
I hope this helps you both make diced tomatoes and preserve them! I think after you see how easy and delicious this recipe is you won’t be buying the cans anymore!
- 1 pound tomatoes (roma, plum or beef)
- pinch of salt, pepper and basil
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Add tomatoes to boiling water and let boil for 2 minutes.
- Prepare large pot of cold water with ice cubes in to sit on your counter or in sink.
- With slotted spoon remove tomatoes carefully from the boiling water and put in the pot of ice water.
- Once you can touch tomatoes, pull their skins off.
- Dice the tomatoes up into preferred size.
- Put in sauce pan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Enjoy immediately or freeze for later.
- If freezing place in freezer safe bag and put in freezer. This will last for months.
I almost always prefer using roma tomatoes for diced tomatoes. I think they are best for cutting and aren’t overly juicy. Every now and then I will also throw a beef with them if there are some other tomatoes I need to get rid of.
Step 3: Prepare a large container of cold water with ice cubes in. This container can be a pot or a bowl, it doesn’t matter. Very carefully drop your hot tomatoes into this ice cold water. You are giving them a ice bath to shock them and stop them from cooking. Let them sit in this water for a few minutes until you can touch them.
Step 8: Dice the tomatoes up into small sizes. I cut them to about the same size as they would be in cans. Do you see all the juices that came out of the tomatoes? Make sure you keep all these juices and put them in the saucepan below. These juices are like gold!
Now you have a few options. You can eat them right away, throw them in a mason jar and refrigerate to serve tomorrow, or freeze them to use in a few months.
If you’re going to eat them right away, then serve them on up however you plan on using them!
If you’re going to freeze them, then put them in a freezer bag, label and put in freezer. I like to equal each freezer bag to a 15 oz can so I can easily grab a bag every time a recipe calls for a can. To defrost the tomatoes run under warm water, then heat accordingly.
Here’s 4 bags ready to be frozen!
I hope this helped you make and save diced tomatoes! Enjoy!
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