Frugal Diced Tomatoes without the Can

Roma tomatoes go on sale here periodically. In fact the last couple of weeks, they have been on sale for 99 cents a pound. When they are on sale, I buy them in bulk. Once home, I wash them and dice them. There really is no reason to remove the skin or worry about the seeds. Then I divide them into 1 3/4 cup sections (which is the amount contained in a 15 oz. can) and freeze them to use as needed.

This is not only frugal, but it gives me to complete control over the quality of tomatoes and their packaging. I use 2 cup glass Pyrex containers to freeze my diced tomatoes, but you can also use sandwich bags if you don’t have freezer safe containers available.

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  1. Mandy says

    When I cook tomatoes for sauces, if I leave some skin on, it always stands out. Are roma tomatoes different?

    • says

      We don’t mind the skin and since I make chunky sauces, the skin blends in. If you want a smooth sauce, you can use a blender or an emersion blender to incorporate the skin into the sauce. That is what I do when I make apple or pear sauce.

  2. says

    We’ve started cooking and freezing our own beans to avoid the BPA and salt, but didn’t know tomatoes would be okay in the freezer. We’ll have to give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing!

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