How to Peel a Tomato

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 | Comments Off on How to Peel a Tomato

For some reason, it sounds difficult to peel tomatoes, but it’s really not. Here’s how you do it

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Cut a shallow X across the bottom of each tomato. Don’t make a deep cut, just lightly score the skin.

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Bring a pot of water to boil, and use a large spoon to drop each tomato into the water. After approximately 30 seconds, use the same spoon to remove the tomatoes from the pot. The skin will have loosened & split, and within a minute or two, the tomatoes will be cool enough for you to handle (alternately, you can immerse them in a bowl of ice water to cool them off quickly if necessary). It will only take a few seconds to peel off the loose skin.

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Place the tomatoes in a rimmed plate or bowl, quarter them, and simply cut out the core.

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If you’d like to remove the seeds, it’s easy to do with a small spoon.

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If you’re using the tomatoes to make a pasta sauce, it’s extremely convenient to use the same pot and same water you’ll be cooking the pasta in. In other words, once you blanch the tomatoes & remove them, your water will be ready for the pasta.

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To quickly chop tomatoes, I use my “kwik kut” gadget which takes less than a minute.  KWIK-KUT.COM  For more kitchen tool ideas, see my 32-FAVORITE-TOOLS-&-GADGETS page.


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