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Can you freeze canned tomatoes?

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pilches Mar 1, 2010 02:27 PM

What's the general concensus? Great sale on huge cans of San Marzanos, but don't want to wind up throwing them out.

  1. lisagambino Mar 2, 2010 07:38 AM

    I've bought those big restaurant sized cans before, and then opened them up, and divided them into smaller portions to freeze. I freeze tomatoes all the time , no problem.

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    1. re: lisagambino
      C. Hamster Mar 2, 2010 08:08 AM

      Yes, canned tomatoes freeze fine. Once you open the can.

    2. Karl S Mar 1, 2010 03:32 PM

      Why would you need to freeze them?

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        Val Mar 1, 2010 02:56 PM

        Why can't you keep them in the can? Is the expire date very soon? Thanks!

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          LauraGrace Mar 1, 2010 02:40 PM

          By huge do you mean #10 cans? Or just the 2-pound ones? Sure, you can freeze what's leftover if you don't use a whole can for a single recipe, but they last several days in the fridge as well.

          And I'm assuming you don't mean freezing them in the can, which would be redundant to say the least, since canned tomatoes will last years (and years). :)

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