How to peel a tomato

February 9th, 2009 by megan · 1 Comment

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Peeled fresh tomatoes are called for in some recipes, but the soft skin of the fruit can make them a bit of a pain to peel. Here is a simple and easy way to peel tomatoes, a technique that is especially useful if you need to peel more than one! (Otherwise, a good swivel-blade peeler would probably suffice.)

You’ll need:

Fresh tomatoes
A pairing knife
A pot that can accommodate all of your tomatoes
A bowl that can accommodate all of your tomatoes
Ice
Water

Procedure:

1. Using the tip of your paring knife, cut out the stem of the tomato:

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2. Cut a shallow “X” on the opposite end (non-stem end) of the tomato.

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3. Bring a pot of water to boil. Also have ready a large bowl of ice water. (This is critical – don’t skip this step or you risk your tomatoes overcooking and getting pulpy.) Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water. Let boil for 10-15 seconds. (Yes, just seconds – you don’t want to actually cook the tomatoes, just loosen their skin a bit.)

4. Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and immediately plunge into your bowl of ice water.

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5. The skins should now easily come off with just the barest bit of work with your paring knife.

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6. You’re left with beautiful, peeled tomatoes and a bit of skin (save for vegetable stock!):

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1 comments

Gwen Mar 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm


That is the most useful photo montage I’ve ever seen. I didn’t read a word but I’m fully confident that I can peel a tomato now.

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