Peeling tomatoes and peaches just got a lot easier.

Rachel Roszmann
August 19, 2020
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If you've ever been tasked with making tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes, you know that peeling tomatoes can be quite a chore. The traditional method of peeling tomatoes works well, but if you have lots of tomatoes to peel, you might appreciate a less labor-intensive method—and we've got one! Not only is this the easiest way to peel a tomato, but this method works well for peaches too.

The Easiest Way to Peel Tomatoes (and Peaches)

Equipment

  • Freezer
  • Slotted spoon
  • Large saucepan

Directions:

Step 1

Place tomatoes (or peaches) in the freezer. This freezing step expands the flesh, helping the skin loosen from the fruit. A peach only needs about an hour to get firm enough to peel easily, but depending on their size, tomatoes may need about two hours to freeze.

Step 2

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, lower a tomato (or peach) into the boiling water. (Work with one at a time. Adding more than that can lower the water temperature too much, slowing down the process.) When you see the skin on the tomato start to split (after about 30 seconds), transfer it to a cutting board. (Peach skin won't split but 30 to 60 seconds is enough time for the skin to loosen easily.)

Step 3

When the tomato (or peach) is cool enough to touch, very gently massage the fruit with your fingers to loosen the skin.

The skin should separate from the flesh with minimal effort—the entire tomato (or peach) skin will come off in one or two motions.

This method for peeling tomatoes and peaches has its advantages. It doesn't use as much equipment (no bowl of ice water or sharp knife required) and it's not nearly as messy as the traditional method while yielding perfectly skinless fruit. And, freezing the fruit before adding it to the boiling water helps detach the skin from the flesh such that no flesh goes to waste—that's tough to do with a paring knife.

Now that you have skinless tomatoes and peaches, check out some recipes to try with your harvest: