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How to Peel Tomatoes

In order to make tomato soup or sauce, we oftentimes need to remove the peel from our tomatoes. It will make the dish taste sweeter, and its consistency will be smoother.

5-Minute Crafts wants to show you 3 methods that will help you peel tomatoes quickly and easily. These methods are also suitable for peeling peaches and plums.

Method #1: Blanch and cool down

  • Take a knife and cut an X-shape in the bottom part of the tomato.

  • Fill a bowl with cold water, add several ice cubes, and set aside.

  • Put a pot with water on the stove and bring it to a boil.

  • Carefully lower the tomato into the boiling water for 30 seconds or more until its skin becomes soft.

  • Take the tomato out of the pot and place it into the bowl with icy water. Leave it there for 5 minutes.

  • When the tomato cools down, take it out of the water and remove the skin.

Method #2: Heat it up over fire.

  • Pierce the tomato in the middle with a fork and hold it over a burning stove. Keep it 2-4 inches from the fire. Be careful not to burn yourself.

  • Slowly rotate the tomato, turning the fork and exposing different sides of the tomato to the fire.

  • When the skin becomes soft enough, carefully pry it off with your finger and remove the peel.

Method #3: Put it in the microwave.

  • Take a knife and cut an X-shape in the bottom part of the tomato. You can also make additional cuts on the sides and on top to make the skin removing process easier.

  • Place the tomato in the microwave oven and heat it up for 30 seconds.

  • Carefully pry the skin off with your fingers and remove it.

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