Thursday, August 23, 2012

Peeling Tomatoes for Canning or Freezing

Last week my mom showed me this lovely way to easily peel tomatoes. I was very impressed and thought I should share this technique with you all. This is a great way to easily peel a large amount of tomatoes for canning or freezing for later use. I know summer is pretty much over, but some of you may still have tomatoes.

Here goes...

1. Rinse the tomatoes.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
3. Have a bowl of cold, cold tap water and pour a ton of ice in it.

4. Drop the tomatoes in the hot water and let them sit for 2-3 minutes.

5. Using something to scoop them out, take the tomatoes from the hot water and drop them immediately into the ice cold water.

6. Remove the tomatoes from the cold water.

7. Peel the tomatoes. You might want to use a knife to get it started, but the rest of the peel will come right off.

8. Cut out the middle piece at the top.

9. Now you have a tomato ready to be cooked, or diced, or canned, or frozen!

~You can do as many tomatoes at a time as long as they fit nicely in the pot for hot water and the ice water.
~This system also works well for peaches. Post coming with exact directions as there are a few things you do different when peeling peaches.

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  1. Excellent advice. It really is easy. Thanks for joining us on the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and see us this week:

  2. What a perfect time of year to share this blog. The Tomatoes are just about getting ready in the garden. This is one job that can be so easy and some find it so complicated.

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  3. Great post, Helen. My mother taught me how to do this when I was a little girl and I still use it, it's definitely the best method I know of for peeling tomatoes quickly and easily for canning. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it : )


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