There are a few times when you may want to peel your Tomatoes before using them. Some instances are:
TOMATO SAUCES, etc.
Vegetable Peeler (optional -see instructions below)
Bowl for Ice Water
Cutting Board and Slicing Knife
- If the Tomatoes are firm, they may be peeled with a serrated vegetable peeler but in most cases this will not work.
- If your Tomatoes are very ripe, sometimes, just using your paring knife to peel off the skin maybe all you have to do. Try it out first, then if this and/or #1 don’t work use the method below:
- Bring a 1 or 2 quart pot of water to a boil.
- Make a cross-hatch in the tops and bottoms of the Tomatoes.
- Have a bowl of ice water ready.
- Carefully place 2 -3 Tomatoes in the boiling water. (place on a slotted spoon to gently lower into the water – the closer to the water you bring the Tomato before placing it in the bath, the less likely the water will splash on you)
- Leave the Tomatoes in the boiling water for 1 -2 minutes (depending on their firmness.
- Remove Tomatoes one at a time with a slotted spoon and place in the ice bath, just long enough to cool it down so they can be handled easily)
- Remove from the ice bath and using the paring knife, pull down the skin. If the skin doesn’t come off easily, return to the hot water for another 30 – 60 seconds.
- Once all your Tomatoes have been peeled, proceed with the directions in your recipe.