Monday, 19 September 2016

Peeling Tomatoes

I'm not one for peeling tomatoes. The skins are usually so thin, especially from shop bought ones, that I mostly just leave them on. However, some of our home grown tomato grew to giants this year and whilst they were some of the best I've had for flavour the skins were rather tough - so peeling them was the best way to go.

Now, I haven't peeled tomatoes for ages, so I thought I'd look through a few recipe books for the best way to do it - see if things had changed since I last peeled one!

I was some what surprised by the variety of methods and equipment people seemed to need these day for, what should really be a very simple task. Many called for large bowls of ice sat ready to drop the tomatoes in, others had saucepans of bowling salted water, some called for scoring in a variety of directions on the skins and a few suggested popping them into the microwave.........

I can remember my Grandmother peeling what seemed like mountains of tomatoes and I'm sure it was a much simpler task for her. So I decided to ignore all my books and instead to delved into the depths of my memory and have a go at the method my Granny used.

First off she would cut out the the stem end or 'eye' of the tomato where the stalk was attached and then score a small cross on the base of each tomato.

Now put the kettle on to boil, place all the tomatoes in a large bowl and set the bowl in the sink.

Pour boiling water over the tomatoes so they are completely covered. Now turn on the cold tap and allow it to cool the boiling water until the water in the bowl is tepid. Pour out the water and now you can easily peel the tomatoes.

Just gently easy your fingers across the width of the tomato and the skin should simply pop off - even with the large creased tomatoes I had.

I can honestly say I peeled a big bowl of twenty or so large tomatoes, in about ten minutes, using this method - so as far as I'm concerned, you can forget all the fancy, convoluted methods this simple one of my Grandmother (and probably her Grandmother's) works brilliantly!

Have a great start to your week
Love Lizx