Over the past few years, I have learned a few tricks to help make the preparation portion of working with tomatoes go a little faster. The main trick I learned is how to easily remove the skins from tomatoes. This trick is a life saver. Before I learned how to do this from a co-worker, my prep time was at least an hour longer.
So how do you remove the skin from tomatoes quickly? Most old timers would answer this question the same way I am going to. You get a pot of boiling water, some tomatoes, another bowl of water with ice in it and get ready to go to work.
Once you are set-up with the above items, cut the stem part of the tomato off and drop the tomato in the water. Keep the tomato in the boiling water for a minute or two then transfer it to the bowl with the ice and water in it. You will know what to do from there.
The skin of the tomato will either automatically fall of once it hits the water bath or you may need to slightly squeeze the tomato to push off the skin. Sounds pretty simple eh? This process definitely is. You will be amazed the first time the skin slips off. Especially if you worked for a year trying to cut off the skins like I did.
Here are some pics from the last time I made salsa with tomatoes.
|The pot of water about to start to boil.|
|Dropping in the tomato.|
|The skin sliding off!|
As you can see from the pics, this process is very simple. I definitely recommend trying it the next time you make salsa or tomato sauce. You will be glad that you did!