Until recently, using “whole peeled tomatoes” exclusively meant the ones you find in a can. Then recently I decided I was being a wuss and got to the bottom of it. Peeling whole fresh tomatoes couldn’t be easier and makes a huge difference in the flavor department, depending on the recipe. So if a recipe you come across says to peel fresh tomatoes, never fear! This is how you do it.
1. Core tomatoes and slice a superficial X on the bottom of each one like so:
2. Place each tomato into a pot of boiling water for 10 to 15 seconds, then immediately place in a bowl of ice water. You now will be able to easily peel the skin away from the tomato, like so:
It’s that easy. In just a few minutes, you’ve got fully peeled, fresh tomatoes.