How to Peel a Tomato

April 7, 2012Katie

This is a cool technique I saw Mr. Emeril Lagasse do on a show the other day and it has changed my life.

Well, not really, but it is pretty neato.


I wish I could tell you that the tomatoes in the picture above are from my garden. I wish I could tell you that I took this picture with my new camera and we all lived happily ever after.

The bitter truth is, my tomato plants look horrible, as do most people’s around here.  If they weren’t battered by the pounding hail (which took my FIRST seedlings) then they were bent to the ground by our second wave of torrential rain.  And just when we thought they had a chance to recover?  The fiery inferno of heat came.

And it’s still here.  Today’s high? 103º.

My plants look like something out of the Book of Eli, which I rented this weekend…bleak and Sepia-like as if they could just blow away like a tumbleweed.

But, Glory be!  There is still the Farmer’s Market and fresh tomatoes.

I want to show you this technique, (if you don’t already know it) so that in a few days when I show you what I’m doing with peeled tomatoes, you’ll already have a head start.

Peeling tomatoes is the simplest thing in the world.

First off, prepare an ice bath.  Take a large bowl and fill it halfway with water and dump in a bunch of ice.

Voila! Ice bath done!

Take each tomato and cut a plus or x (however you look at it)

Drop 5 or 6 of these into some boiling water.  Not too many so because you have to get them out quickly – as in 15 seconds later!

Now, quickly, take a slotted spoon and lift out the tomatoes and plunge them into the ice bath.

Don’t you just love the phrase “plunge them into an ice bath”?  As if you’re doing something really crazy and wild.

If you have more tomatoes to peel, continue these 2 steps until all your tomatoes are in the ice bath.

Then take them one by one and just pinch the bottom of the tomato where you made your plus or x and the skins will slide right off.

Stayed tuned for my tomato recipes, they’re going to be yummy!

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