How to peel tomatoes quickly and easily for use in recipes.  This method takes just seconds and the skin will just peel right off!

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How to Peel Tomatoes

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It’s totally unnecessary to peel tomatoes that are going to be eaten raw but if you’re cooking or canning tomatoes, you might like to peel them.  If you have used tomatoes in any type of cooked dish you may have noticed that sometimes the skins can have a texture that isn’t great.  But really, who wants to sit around peeling tomatoes all day long?  Not me!

The good news is that you can quickly and easily peel tomatoes in seconds.  (This method also works perfectly for peaches too).

Peeled tomatoes are perfect for all kinds of recipes including tomato sauce, soups, stews and of course i tomato pie!closeup of peeled tomatoes in a bowlHow to Peel Tomatoes

      1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil.
      2. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
      3. Place tomatoes in the boiling water and let boil for 1 minute (no longer, you don’t want to cook the tomato)
      4. Immediately plunge into ice water until cool enough to handle.
      5. Remove from water and skins will peel right off!

Another method I’ve used (that doesn’t not work for peaches) is using tongs to hold the tomato over the flame on a gas stove just for a couple of seconds.  You will see the area slightly blister (and possibly pop).  Be sure to cover all areas as the skin will stick to any areas you may have missed.  This is an easy method if you’re just doing a couple of tomatoes but not the best option if you’re doing a lot.

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  1. I watched your video on making Tomato Soup and was impressed with how easy it looks and will make it soon. I was wondering if this method could also be used to make a Marinara sauce without the cream of course. It’s fast and uses all of the ingredients for a great pasta sauce. Please let me know your thoughts on thiss.

    1. I haven’t tried it but I think it could work great as a homemade pasta sauce! If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Sue!

  2. The pictures you share look like the grape tomatoes still have the skin on?? Just curious since I have never made this before. Looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it.

    1. Melissa, will you please let me know what recipe you’re referring to so I can help answer? Thank you!