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Posted on 14 August 2010 by

How and Why to Peel Tomatoes

peeled-tomatoBy David Harbilas

There are certain tomato tasks that are no-brainers.

Slicing and dicing seem fairly self-explanatory.

Pureeing requires a little more effort and technology.

But peeling tomatoes leaves some people scratching their heads.

Tomatoes are obviously not like carrots or apples, and unless you are faced with a very hard, inedible tomato chances are a vegetable peeler isn’t going to do you very much good.

Luckily, there is a method to peeling tomatoes that is so easy that it makes peeling carrots or apples look like hard labor. Yet it still requires a little time and effort, and that begs another question: why bother?

Tomatoes are so fascinating, and one of the most interesting things about them is their multi-faceted nature. There is a bit of bitterness in the skin, a bit of sweetness, sometimes, in the seeds and water, and a little of both in the flesh. The flesh is the most poetic of parts of the tomato, as without the skin or seed it cannot contain any of the tomato’s mystery or joy. In the next post we’ll look at a use for peeled tomatoes.


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