Jars of frozen tomatoes leaked

Asked October 7, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

My daughter has frozen tomatoes and has placed them in my chest-type freezer. She blanched and skinned them, and then added salt, hot water, and lemon juice. They were placed in Ball plastic freezer jars. Last night we noticed that all the lids had popped and the jars were leaking frothy fluid which was not frozen. What went wrong? We discarded the tomatoes, but our question is how to clean the freezer, which is full of other vegetables, most of which are in plastic freezer bags. Some of these bags did get dripped on. Is the food still good? The temperature in the freezer is zero degrees. Thanks for your help in this.

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

For now, the best way to get an answer to your question would be to contact the University of Maryland Extension office in Harford County more directly via phone or email. Here is some contact information:
  • Harford County Office general number: 410-638-3255
  • Virginia Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, 410-386-2760, vbrown12@umd.edu