Dec 8, 2008

How to Peel Tomatoes

I learned this technique from David Bradley.

  • Score tomatoes crosswise on both ends (ie: the stem side and the opposite from stem side) so that you have two "X" marks
  • place tomatoes in a heat proof dish (not plastic!) so that all your tomatoes fit in one layer but there isn't much extra space around them (I usually use a pot)
  • Pour boiling water over the tomatoes and let sit for a minute or two while you do something else
  • If they're big tomatoes, flip them over so both sides get exposed to the hot water
  • Come back and scoop one tomato out at a time - simply grab the skin and pull it off. If all goes well, the skin should just slip off. If it's being difficult, give it some more time or just use a small paring knife to help it out

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