How to Peel Tomatoes

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Published on: October 22, 2013

If you like using fresh ingredients in your dishes, you’ve probably had the opportunity to use fresh tomatoes in stews, soups, and other recipes.

While there are a few different ways to peel tomatoes, I’m going to show you my favorite method because it’s fool-proof and appropriate for anywhere from 2 to 2 dozen or more tomatoes at a time.

Place a pot of water on the stove and let it come to a rolling boil. Place your bowl of ice water next to the stove so it is easily accessible. Rinse your tomatoes clean and remove any stems that are still attached.

Using a sharp knife, slice a shallow X into the bottom of the tomato (opposite the stem side).

How to peel tomatoes

Gently place the tomatoes into the boiling water. If you have several tomatoes, boil them in batches of 3-4 at a time.

How to peel tomatoes, step 2

Boil the tomatoes till you see the X begin to split open wider, or for 25 seconds, whichever comes first. Do not boil them for longer than 25-30 seconds or they will begin to soften and cook.

Remove the tomatoes immediately from the boiling water using a slotted spoon.

How to peel tomatoes, step 3

Place the tomatoes directly into the bowl of ice water and let them cool off. This will help to stop any “cooking” that has started.

How to peel tomatoes, step 4

Remove the tomatoes from the ice water. Begin peeling the skin at the X, pulling the skin back gently.

How to peel tomatoes, step 5.

Not much tomato flesh should come off with the skin– if the flesh comes off or the tomato seems soft/mushy, you’ve cooked it a bit too long. Try cooking it for a shorter time on the next round.

Discard the skin and proceed with your recipe.

How to peel tomatoes, step 6.

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