How to Peel Tomatoes
Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but when I discovered this different way to peel tomatoes, I really did think that I should share it with the world.
If you have ever peeled tomatoes, or even googled it, you will be aware of the normal way to peel them – boil water, blanch for a minute, plunge into ice water, hope that you blanched them long enough, and then pick the peeling off. And there will be a big mess, with water everywhere. And, at least for me, since you have to set up a big pot and a big bowl, and make sure you have enough ice, etc – well, I always want to wait until I have enough tomatoes to be worth doing it. And after the peeling is off, you still need to core and seed those things.
Well, my mother and I accidentally found a much, much easier way to peel tomatoes. Plus, it’s easier if you are growing your own tomatoes, and just have a few getting ripe at the same time.
So, I had maybe 5 or 6 tomatoes sitting on the counter, waiting for me to get my lazy ass in gear, and blanch them. But Mom was tired of waiting for me, and thought they were on the verge of rotting, so she threw them in the freezer. I was fit to be tied, because now I didn’t know how I was going to do anything with these frozen tomatoes. Mom was trying to convince me it was no big deal, and started running hot tap water over one of them, to thaw it out. And the peel just slipped right off.
Over the years, I’ve perfected my method. When a tomato is ripe, I core and seed it, and then add it to my tomato bag in the freezer. Done. Takes 2 minutes. Maybe not even that much. And you do it when the tomatoes are perfect, not when it’s convenient to do a big pile of them.
And then when I’m ready to do something with my tomatoes, I pull out what I need, run hot water over them and the peels just slip off.
If I’m doing a lot of tomatoes – making salsa, or canning crushed tomatoes – then I will use a bowl of hot water, so I don’t have to keep the water running for a long time. And since I’m dropping “ice cubes” in the water, I keep some extra microwaved almost boiling water handy, to keep heating up my bowl.
And that’s it. Drop in the tomatoes, wait a few seconds, pull it out and peel it. If you are busy, it won’t hurt the tomatoes to hang out in the water. And the hotter the water is, the quicker and easier the peeling slips off.
Check out my video. As always, it’s too long, but again, I found those tomato peels slipping off to be quite relaxing. Just watch until you’re bored. There’s no surprise ending.