Why You Might Want To Blanch Tomatoes
Have you ever made salsa or soup with fresh tomatoes without removing the skins? If you have you would know that the skins do not break down as the rest of the tomato and you will have to work at chewing it up, tomato skin can be quite tough, you may find yourself pulling them out so that you don’t have to deal with them, it can be unpleasant to do when you are eating.
Many recipes that use fresh tomatoes will often direct that the skins be removed by blanching. Blanching tomatoes makes the skin peel very easily and quickly, with your hands, or using a knife to grip the skin while you are pulling it back to remove.
How To Blanch Tomatoes
Start by washing or rinsing tomatoes, then fill a large pot with water, and bring to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice and water, so that the hot tomatoes can be cooled quickly. With a sharp knife, cut an x in the bottoms of the tomatoes, sometimes I have to use a serrated knife because my other knives are not sharp enough.
Put Tomatoes In The Pot Of Boiling Water
When the tomatoes are scored and the pot of water is boiling add them a few at a time to the pot of water, let cook for 30 – 60 seconds. We are not trying to cook the tomatoes through, only to quickly get them hot so that the skins will pucker and come off easily.
Plunge Hot Tomatoes Into The Ice Bath
After cooking for 30 – 60 seconds, carefully remove tomatoes from the hot water and plunge them into an ice bath, till they are cooled.
When the tomatoes are cool, remove them from the ice bath, and peel. The skins should slip off easily without using a knife to slice them off, if not they may not have cooked long enough.
Now that your tomatoes are peeled, you can use them in any way your recipe calls for.
Blanching Tomatoes A Useful Skill
Now that you know how to blanch tomatoes I think you will find many ways to use your new skill. Tomatoes prepared for canning are usually blanched and peeled before canning. Salsas, Soups & Tomato sauces are made smooth by blanching and removing the skins. Armed with this new skill, your family will be begging for your favorite tomato recipes.