Roasted Tomatoes Preserve Gardening Flavor

One of the best ways to preserve the garden-fresh taste of tomatoes is by slow roasting them. I’ve written about the benefits of slow-roasting tomatoes before, but now that tomato season is at its peak, it’s time for a simple step-by-step to get started:

Any variety of tomato can be roasted and varieties can be mixed in the roasting pan. Try combinations of heirloom tomatoes and other varieties for an exceptionally flavorful blend.

If you’d prefer to peel the tomatoes before roasting, use a knife to cut an X on the bottom of the tomato and place in a pot of boiling water using tongs or a slotted spoon. Scald for about 30-45 seconds. Remove from the pot and let tomatoes cool. Skins will peel easily from the bottom.

Get started by removing the core from each tomato. A tomato corer is a handy gadget for removing the core with a quick twist.

Cut tomatoes into equal-size quarters or eighths so they’ll roast evenly.

Place in a single layer in a pan and drizzle with olive oil. It’s okay to crowd them—they’ll shrink when they cook. Tomatoes can be roasted plain or add coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, whole garlic cloves or herbs before placing the pan in the oven.

Roast in a 225-degree oven for between 5-6 hours. Roasting time will vary depending on tomato size. Tomatoes are ready when they’re still a bit juicy and have lightly browned edges.

Let tomatoes cool and fill quart-size freezer bags (or other containers) with tomatoes . Refrigerated tomatoes will stay fresh for several days; frozen will keep for 6-9 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before using them in recipes.


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I love growing Tomatoes and I truly likes the way the recipe of roasting tomatoes has been written out, and the pictures added, it makes for clear understanding and it actually gets into ones head, even for us getting on in yrs! thank you

Hi Miko,

I’m so glad to hear you liked this recipe–it’s my favorite way to preserve tomatoes for freezing. They have so much more flavor when prepared this way. I hope you have a nice big tomato crop for roasting!

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