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Tomatoes

Freeze? Yes
In season June to October
Store In the fridge
Great source of vitamin C
Several tomotoes on the vine

A popular and versatile food that can be used in many different ways from hearty meals to light lunches and as a healthy snack. There are lots of different varieties from cherry tomatoes on the vine to the larger beef tomotoes. They are packed with nutrients too, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.

How to store

How to store fresh tomatoes

Store your tomatoes in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer. For best taste, take them out of the fridge up to 24 hours before eating them.

Freezing tomatoes

Fresh and cooked tomoatoes can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Storing cooked tomatoes

In fridge for 2 days, in freezer for 3 months.

Tomatoes Top tips

How to freeze and defrost

To freeze: Whole cherry tomatoes can be frozen and used straight from the freezer. Try making a sauce with any squishy tomatoes and freezing this for use in pasta or casserole dishes another day.

To defrost: When you take food/ drink out of the freezer, it’s important to defrost it safely. Use cherry tomatoes from frozen in your cooking. Defrost a homemade tomato sauce fully in the fridge and use within 24 hours. Or use a microwave on the defrost setting directly before using

Eating the whole food

Tomato vines have a super-intense tomatoes-in-a-greenhouse flavour - add to a tomato sauce whilst cooking.

Be fabulous with leftovers

Make sauce (or ketchup) with leftover squishy tomatoes. Or dice them into a salsa with a red onion and leftover herbs. Mix with stale bread for a delicious salad (panzanella). Fry leftover red or orange pepper with an onion, some garlic, loads of tomatoes and blend into a soup.

 

Buying tips

Think about buying tomatoes loose to help you buy only what you need. This will ensure that all your food is more likely to be eaten and saved from the bin.

Perfect portions

Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.

Valuing your Tomatoes beyond the price tag

Goodness in food

Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.

  • Good source of vitamin C which helps to keep your skin healthy.
  • A source of potassium which is a mineral that helps the heart muscle work properly.
  • A portion of tomatoes counts towards your five-a-day

Food story

By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it’s made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket. 

So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin! 

Why not try these delicious recipes to use up Tomatoes

This delicious vegetarian dish is a great one to have on standby in the freezer and is a good vegetarian option for the main Christmas meal.

A large black bowl of vegetable moussaka with a serving spoon

This versatile sauce can use up a host of ingredients and can be paired with pasta or egg - two meals in one!

a pasta topped with a light tomato sauce and sliced courgettes

This recipe uses up all those half eaten jars of pesto and dressings from the fridge and cupboards. As with all these recipes they can be played with, altered and refined depending on the ingredients you have at hand.

a lightly grilled white fish served with a mix of chopped cooked vegetables