Tomatoes are such a lovely fruit. I enjoy them so many ways… but I am insanely picky about them.
I don’t like to eat the ooky seed/slime part, so I always de-seed my tomatoes before slicing them or cooking them. I am also kind of weird about the skin. It’s fine if I’m eating slices of tomatoes on sandwiches or plain with salt, but if the tomatoes are cooked, I can’t stand eating the skin. It’s just a weird texture by itself, I guess.
So I had to figure out how to easily peel tomatoes for when I make my beloved tomato pie. I figured it would be easier to do all at once before cooking it than to pick out the peel pieces before/during each bite I take. haha!
First, you’ll need tomatoes, of course…
And a bowl of ice water…
And a pot of boiling water.
It’s really very simple! All you have to do is put the tomatoes into the pot of water , leave them there for one minute, then fish them out with a slotted spoon.
Submerge the tomato in ice water until it’s completely cool.
Now, barely pierce the skin with a paring knife, making a small slit.
And start peeling. You’ll find that the skin comes away from the tomato quite easily.
And you’ll be able to peel off large pieces…
Until the entire lovely tomato is free!
It’s so quick, it only takes a little while to do a whole bunch of tomatoes. You can put them all in the boiling water, then ice water at the same time. After that, it’s just a simple slit and peel for each!
After this, I de-seeded them and made the best tomato pie I’ve ever made! More on that later. *sneaky grin*
Make sure you have adorable kitchen towels around to wipe up the water that you’ve undoubtedly dripped on your countertop. It doesn’t get much cuter than my embroidered tea towels, if I may be so un-humble.