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How to Blanch Tomatoes

Blanching Tomatoes is the perfect way to preserve them! It’s EASY, FAST and you already have everything you need right in your kitchen!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Ice bath2 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blanching tomatoes, how to blanch tomatoes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $5


  • large stock pot
  • large bowl x2
  • colander
  • Large slotted spoon, kitchen spider or tongs
  • paper towels


  • 2 Tbs kosher salt
  • 5 lb tomatoes


  • Put on 1 gallon of water to boil in a large stock pot over high heat. Add the salt to the water.
  • Pour 2 quarts of water into a large bowl and set this into the kitchen sink.
  • When the water is boiling, reduce to medium high.
  • Cut an X on the bottom of each tomato
  • Add the tomatoes 1-2 at the time to the simmering water and allow to pre-cook for 2-3 minutes. Do not add more than 4 tomatoes at any one time
  • While the tomatoes are simmering, add 4 Cups ice to the water bowl.
  • After 2 minutes, remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon, kitchen spider or tongs and plunge into the waiting ice bath to shock it and stop the cooking process.
  • Allow to sit in the iced water for 2 -3 minutes. Remove to the other large bowl or colander until all tomatoes are processed.



  • Gather all of your tools, pots and pans and other equipment before starting this project. You don’t want to have boiling water bubbling away and not have everything else you need.
  • Put water in a large bowl in the sink but don’t add the ice until you are just ready to plunge the tomatoes in. That way your ice won’t all melt before you need it.
  • Only put a few tomatoes into the boiling water at a time. You don't’ want to reduce the simmer with the tomatoes you put in. Things will go more quickly if you do fewer  at a time.
  • Remove the iced tomatoes to a colander or a bowl to drain. You will want the tomatoes drip dried as possible before using for whatever you have planned.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1407mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1889IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg