How to Peel Tomatoes

How to Peel Tomatoes

By Erin Huffstetler | 08/07/2013 | No Comments
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One of the challenges of cooking from scratch is that lots of recipes assume that you already know how to do lots of things, whether it’s how to wash, peel and chop a particular ingredient or some other skill that you just haven’t had need for yet.

Let’s work on mastering some of those basic skills, so that you’ll know just what to do when they come up in a recipe.

Today I’d like talk about peeling tomatoes. If you dream of making your own tomato sauce, this is the first step, and it’s an easy one.

How to Peel Tomatoes

Total Time:

15-30 mins

What You Do:


Wash your tomatoes.

Submerge Tomatoes in Boiling Water

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Then drop your tomatoes in.

Tomatoes with Split Skins

Leave them in until the skins split. This usually takes about 30 seconds.

Tomatoes in Ice Water

Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water, and let them sit until you can handle them comfortably.

How to Peel a Tomato

Then, peel the tomato skins off. These should slide right off with no resistance, and you’re done!

Working on Making Tomato Sauce?

Here’s how to core and seed your tomatoes.

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