How to Peel Tomatoes Easily (Blanching Tomatoes)
Blanching tomatoes makes them quick and easy to peel. Learn how to peel tomatoes for canning, sauce, salsa, and more! I’ll show you how to peel tomatoes without blanching, and how to blanch them, so you’ve got plenty of options.
We have many, many recipes for using fresh tomatoes, after years of growing all types of tomatoes in the garden. While most of the time I use tomatoes with skins on, there are times when peeled tomatoes are necessary, especially for sauces (like this easy Pomodoro Sauce) and canning recipes.
You can of course find wonderful canned San Marzano tomatoes in the grocery store, but when your garden is overflowing with more tomatoes than you can use, you may want to peel them yourself.
This summer I’ll be sharing more recipes for canning tomatoes, per popular request. But first, we need to know how to peel tomatoes, so let’s check it out.
Ways to peel tomatoes Without Blanching
- Freeze them and the peels will come off easily. Use firm, meaty tomatoes such as Romas so they don’t fall apart and peel before they are completely thawed.
- Roast whole or halved, but the tomatoes will then also be roasted. Delicious but not desired for every recipe.
- Place over a stovetop flame, like roasting a marshmallow, until the skin peels back.
How to Blanch Tomatoes
Blanching tomatoes is by far the simplest and quickest method for removing the skin. The tomato itself cooks very little, and retains its firmness and bright red color while making the skin slip right off.
Blanching is a method of boiling for a very short time (about 1 minute), then immediately transferring to an ice water bath. The ice water quickly stops the cooking and gives the tomatoes a bit of a shock that helps loosen the skin.
Use ripe but firm tomatoes that will hold up to peeling. Roma tomatoes work very well, but others such as Early Girl and Beefsteak work too. Even cherry tomatoes can be peeled using this method.
While boiling, you’ll notice the skins begin to crack open. This is when you’ll plunge them into the ice water. The skins will slip right off.
Using Peeled Tomatoes
Peeled fresh tomatoes are a good replacement for canned whole tomatoes. Here are some recipes for them.
- 6 tomatoes
- Wash your tomatoes. With a sharp knife, cut an "x" in the bottom of all tomatoes.
- Bring a medium-sized saucepan filled with water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice-water bath by filling a bowl with cold water and ice cubes.
- Working in small batches, add the tomatoes to the boiling water. Boil for just 30-60 seconds. You'll notice some of the skins burst open and the skin near the "x" starts to peel up. This means they are ready! Boil the tomatoes for the minimum time needed to loosen the skin to avoid cooking. Overcooked tomatoes will not hold their shape after peeling.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the tomatoes to the ice bath.
- The skins should now peel off very easily.
- Use in your favorite sauces, salsa, and canning recipes.
Peeling Tomatoes without Blanching
- Freeze tomatoes, then thaw and the skins will slip right off.
- Use a fork to hold the tomatoes and hold over a stovetop flame, as you would roast a marshmallow until the skin peels back.
- Roast whole to halved at 425°F for 10 minutes. This method will also cook the tomatoes, which works well for some but not all recipes.
Choose ripe but firm, meaty tomatoes for peeling so that they hold their shape even without skins on.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g
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