You go to the farmers market, see these beautiful red, juicy, ripe tomatoes and think of a delicious way you could use them in your next recipe… What you do? Buy it, of course!!! You arrive home, check the recipe and start transforming those lovely tomatoes into a delicious meal… One of the steps is “Peel the tomatoes”… that’s should be easy… you pick up your sharpest knife and start cutting the skin off… but you end up wasting too much of that gorgeous flesh and need to find an easy way to peel tomatoes… Now let me tell you how I do it 🙂
Easy way to peel tomatoes
- As many tomatoes as you need for your recipe
- Hot water
- Ice water
- Sharp knife
- 2 bowls one of them with a lid
- Rinse your tomatoes clean and remove any stems that are still attached.
- Place 3-4 tomatoes into the bowl. If you need to peel a great quantity of tomatoes you will need to repeat the process as many times as needed.
- Place a bowl of ice water next to the bowl with the tomatoes
- Boil water - I use my kettle - enough to cover the tomatoes in the bowl
- Using a sharp knife, slice a shallow X into the bottom of the tomato (opposite the stem side)
- Pour the hot water into the bowl with the tomatoes and cover with a tight lid. Leave it closed for no more then 30 seconds.
- Remove the tomatoes immediately from the hot water using a slotted spoon.
- Place them directly into the bowl of ice water and let them cool off. This will help to stop any "cooking" that has started.
- Remove the tomatoes from the ice water. Begin peeling the skin at the X, pulling the skin back gently
- 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