How to Blanch and Peel Tomatoes

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IMG_6309full.jpgWhen you come across a recipe that calls for skinned tomatoes, like my Marinara Sauce, here's how to quickly and easily get the job done.

Start with firm, ripe tomatoes. If they have rotten or soft spots, don't use them.

tomatoes w. peels

 

On the end opposite the core of each tomato, use a sharp knife to score an "X".

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Boil a pot of water.

boiling water

 

Add tomatoes to the boiling water--no more than a dozen at a time. More than that is hard to handle quickly. 

tom. in water

 

Boil for 30-60 seconds, remove tomatoes from the boiling water, and . . .

remove tom.

 

. . . immediately put the tomatoes in an ice-water-filled sink or bowl. As they chill, you will see the skins start to pull away from the meat of the tomato.

tom. in ice

 

Remove the tomatoes from the ice water. The peels should come off easily. Cut the cores out, and the tomatoes are ready for your sauce or salsa.

tom. skinned

 

Tah-dah! That's all there is to it.

finished tom

Make it a yummy day!

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Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010








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