Many recipes require skinned tomatoes and as luck would have it, it couldn’t be easier to do!
As simple as it is, there are, however, a couple of things to bear in mind when skinning tomatoes. Firstly, the water must be freshly boiled, straight from the kettle. Secondly, it’s important that the tomatoes are perfectly ripe as the skin won’t come off easily if the fruit is too green.
Here are the simple steps on how to skin a tomato:
- Put a kettle onto boil
- Using a sharp paring knife, cut a small cross-cut at the base of each tomato
- Place the tomatoes into a bowl and pour over the freshly boiled water, making sure the tomatoes are completely submerged
- After about 15 to 20 seconds, remove the tomatoes from the water and rinse under some cold water. The latter stops the tomatoes from cooking further and makes them easier to handle
- Using your fingers, peel the skin off, starting from the cross-cut at the base. The skin should just peel off without any resistance