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How to Peel Tomatoes, in Pictures

Aug 18 2014 - 6:45am

Looking to preserve Summer's bounty of tomatoes [1] for chilly seasons to come? Chances are, you've been advised to peel your tomatoes. While most fruits and vegetables are prepped with a few swipes of a vegetable peeler [2], tomatoes require a little extra TLC, due to their delicate, juicy flesh. Luckily, the process is extremely simple, and requires no specialized equipment; keep reading to learn how.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Score the Skin

Use a sharp paring knife to score the skin by making a very shallow X-shaped cut into the blossom end or bottom of each tomato. Avoid marring the flesh as much as possible. Scoring the skin will aid the peeling process to come.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Simmer the Tomatoes

Submerge the tomatoes in a bath of simmering water that is deep enough to cover them completely. Remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon or skimmer after about 15-30 seconds, or when the skin begins to wrinkle and pull away from the flesh on the scored ends.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cool the Tomatoes Down

Place the tomatoes in a bowl of ice water, and allow them to cool completely, about 5 minutes. Don't skip this step, as it's important to cool the tomatoes down quickly, in order to stop the cooking process, so that they don't become mealy or mushy.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Peel the Tomatoes

Gently peel the tomatoes by pulling at the scored skin. The skin should come off easily; if it does not, use a sharp paring knife to scrape off any stubborn clingy bits.

That's it! Your tomatoes are ready to be further processed for canning [3], or simmered into velvety smooth tomato sauce [4], soup [5], and the like.

Photo: Andrew Armenante

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