How To Peel Tomatoes

How to peel tomatoes? Some people don’t mind the skin on tomatoes neither in salads nor on sandwiches and burgers. However, there are also tomato enthusiasts who do not like the skin on tomatoes as well as there are dishes that require getting rid of the skin of the fruit. There is a very simple and quick way to do this.

  • Fill ⅔ of the pot with water, cover it with the lid, and bring to a boil. Adjust the size of the pot to the number of tomatoes you want to peel.
  • In the meantime, get a large bowl of cold water and ice ready.
  • Wash the tomatoes over the running water and remove the stalks.
  • Slightly cut each fruit on the blossom end.
  • Reduce the heat under the pot with boiling water to a minimum and put a few or a dozen fruits (depending on the size of the pot).
  • Simmer for about 30-60 seconds. The water in the pot should not boil too much so that the tomatoes do not overcook – the skin will start to wrinkle slightly at the cut part, but the flesh under it should remain firm.
  • Take out the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl of cold water with ice to cool quickly.
  • Now you can easily remove the skin using a small knife or simply remove it with your fingers.

Peeled tomatoes serve as a versatile ingredient in the culinary world, offering an array of possibilities for enhancing your meals. Beyond crafting flavorful salsas and refreshing salads, these tomatoes can be transformed into a rich homemade tomato sauce, elevating classic pasta dishes like spaghetti or lasagna. Consider experimenting with the addition of herbs such as basil, oregano, or thyme to infuse the sauce with aromatic layers of taste.

Moreover, you can explore the realm of international cuisines by incorporating peeled tomatoes into recipes like Spanish gazpacho, a chilled tomato soup perfect for warm summer days, or Italian bruschetta topping, combining diced tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil. Embrace the art of preserving by canning peeled tomatoes during the peak season, ensuring a supply of quality tomatoes for heartwarming stews, casseroles, and slow-cooked dishes throughout the colder months. Additionally, try blending peeled tomatoes into a zesty marinara sauce, ideal for pizzas or as a dipping sauce for crispy mozzarella sticks.

Dorota Basiura

World Tomato Society Website Content Director

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