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A wooden bowl filled with bright cherry tomatoes.

How to Freeze Cherry Tomatoes

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If you have too many tomatoes on hand, then you’ll want to know the best ways to freeze cherry tomatoes. Once frozen, your cherry tomatoes will last for months and can be used in soups, stews, sauces, and dressings.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 pint ripe cherry tomatoes


  1. Sort through your cherry tomatoes to select the ripe, plump, unblemished tomatoes for freezing.
  2. Remove the stems from your cherry tomatoes by hand. Don’t cut them; it will rupture their skins and let the flavorful juices out.
  3. Use a colander to wash your cherry tomatoes thoroughly under running water. Give the colander a shake and let the water drain.
  4. If you don’t have a colander, soak the cherry tomatoes in water for a few minutes and rinse them thoroughly afterward.
  5. Use paper towels or clean kitchen cloths to pat the cherry tomatoes dry. They must be completely dry before you freeze them. 
  6. Place the dry cherry tomatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. 
  7. Flash-freeze the cherry tomatoes for 2 hours.
  8. Transfer them to freezer-friendly bags and put them back in the freezer.
  9. When you’re ready to use your frozen cherry tomatoes, use them from frozen or thaw them in a bowl in the refrigerator.


  1. You can freeze up to several pints of cherry tomatoes at once. You’ll just need enough baking sheets to arrange them in a single layer for freezing. 
  2. Frozen and defrosted cherry tomatoes won’t have the same shape and flavor as fresh cherry tomatoes. So, they are best used in cooked foods like soups and stews as opposed to salads. 


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 13
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 3.7 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg