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How to Skin a Tomato Easily | Yankee Kitchen

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tomato-grater-dtThere’s more than one way to skin a tomato easily…

The quickest and easiest way we know of, this method works best for gazpacho, soups, and sauces. Recipes included below.

Cut tomatoes in half (length or width); then place a box grater over a bowl and rub cut side gently. The blades of most box graters won’t cut through the skin.

Or…bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Score the smooth bottom of each tomato with an X. Place tomatoes in hot water 30 to 40 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon to the ice bath and chill 2 minutes. Strain from the water and peel.


  • With being from the state with the best tomatoes, New Jersey, I do my tomatoes with the hot water dip but only 20 to 30 seconds. Then I just run them under cold water to stop the heat from cooking the tomato. No cut in them on the bottom so that the water gets under the skin. This takes away flavor. Just drop them whole into the pot of boiling water. No 2 to 3 minutes either. You’ll have a pot of sauce by the time your done. This method works on any variety of tomato also.

  • Marilyn

    Using a fully-ripe tomato with skin and stem end intact, run the back of your paring knife firmly over the whole tomato. You will see a thin film of juice gathering under the skin. Then, just slit and remove the skin.

  • 15 seconds in the boiling water is all you need, and doesn’t cook the tomato. And just run under the cold tap instead of bothering with ice water. Simplify!

  • I made the Scalloped Tomatoes casserole for company last week and all the ladies wanted the recipe. It was very good.

  • Being from the state that has the best TOMATOES, when they have to be pealed, I do cut an X in the bottom of the tomato. After placing them in hot water for a couple of minutes drop them in ice water an see how easy it is to skin them.

  • Thank you … I use the boiling water method, but didn’t know about the scoring an X. That will make my weekend tomato session(s) quite a bit easier I bet! Thank you again.


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