Monday, October 7, 2013

Easy peasy way to peel tomatoes

There are these wonderful little moments in life - infrequent as they are - when you learn something that is very useful to you and also very simple at the same time.

That's how it was about a year ago when I saw a You Tube video on how to peel tomatoes. I tried it and it really actually worked. Wow

This one little thing has made whipping up salsa or stewed okra and tomatoes or any diced tomato dish super easy. So I thought I'd share it.

First step, cut an X on the bottom of the tomatoes.
 Step 2, boil some water and let the tomatoes boil for only 30 seconds.
Step 3, put the tomatoes in an ice bath for a minute or so.

Step 4, the skin peels off very easily.
Step 5, here are your beautiful peel-free garden tomatoes ready to go. The possibilities are endless!



18 comments:

  1. Wow! I love food tricks like this! Thanks! I don't think I have ever had to peel a tomato, but I'm glad that now I know how! :-)

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    1. It's good for salsa, I think as I don't like peels in there.

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  2. Hi Steph. I knew you could boil then dip in ice cold water, but wasn't aware of cutting the x on the bottom. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. The X just makes it that much easier to peel it off, a place to start I guess.

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  3. I enjoyed this, thanks 4 sharing. I did not know about putting the x on the bottom! def looks pretty easy!

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    1. It really is and the X just gives you a nice starting place. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. I tend to just leave the skin on (I also don't peel most root vegetables). I say it's because all the nutrients are in the skin but it's more because I don't feel like it ;-)

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    1. LOL. I like your honesty about it! Most of the time I wouldn't worry about it, but peels in salsa just seems wrong somehow. Truthfully I probably wouldn't notice.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I like learning tips like this!

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    1. Thanks, Sara. Hope it is a helpful tip and thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I'm making potato soup tonight, so I love the timing of this tip! Definitely trying it out this evening.

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    1. You put tomatoes in your potato soup? How interesting! My favorite soup is catfish stew I used to get in SC and it had tomatoes and potatoes. Yum. I ate gallons of it when I was pregnant.

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  7. My friends just told me they did this with their peaches when they went to can a whole bunch of them, except I don't think they did the X. Amazing!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I never thought of that with peaches! What a great idea!

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  8. Visiting form Country Living on a Hill blog hop. My husband looked at me like I was crazy the first time I did this and then stood in amazement as he watched the skin come right off.

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    1. It's truly amazing how easy it works. I couldn't believe it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. We have done this for years.....so much easier to peel tomatoes. It also works with peaches too!

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesday's Blog Hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

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    1. I wish I had known it for years before now! I had no idea about trying it with peaches too. And thanks for stopping by :)

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