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How To Defrost Frozen Cherry Tomatoes In The Refrigerator

This method is the safest and easiest way to defrost cherry tomatoes because you don't need to do anything other than wait (although this can be hard for some of us—myself included.)
It's the safest method because you're always keeping the cherry tomatoes below 40 degrees F (or 4.4 degrees C) and bacteria thrive in temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees F (or 4.4 to 60 degrees C.)
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  • A plate OR towel
  • A bowl (optional)
  • Plastic wrap (optional)


  • Take the container, Mason Jar, or freezer bag of frozen cherry tomatoes out of the freezer.
  • Place the container/freezer bag/Mason Jar onto a plate or towel. Put it in the fridge. You can also take some flash-frozen tomatoes out of the freezer bag or container, put them into a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and pop the covered bowl into the fridge.
  • Leave the frozen cherry tomatoes to defrost overnight in the fridge.
  • Take the thawed cherry tomatoes out of the fridge. Use them as you like in your recipe, smoothie, or eat them directly. Bonus: freezing cherry tomatoes makes their skins slide right off after you thaw them—no need to blanch them beforehand!
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