How To Peel And Seed A Tomato
- Use a sharp knife to cut an “x” across the blossom end of each of the tomatoes, cutting just through the skin. This will help the skin peel off in a natural way.
- Next, for 30 seconds, place the tomatoes stem side down into water that is just barely boiling.
- Using tongs, turn the tomatoes once so that they heat evenly, allowing the tomato’s skin to pull off in large strips.
- Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water with the tongs and place them in a bowl of iced water to stop the cooking. The tomatoes will be very hot to the touch, but the interior will not be cooked.
- Allow the tomatoes to cool for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove them from the ice bath, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Gently peel the cooked skin off along the “x” where the skin has naturally split.
- Next, with sharp knife, cut the tomato into quarters, removing the seeds, being sure to cut away the core on the stem end.
Once the seeds and skin have been removed, you’re left with tomato flesh petals that can be used to hold dollops of tuna or vegetable salad, or diced and added to soups, salads and sauces.