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How to Peel, Seed and Store Tomatoes

How to Peel, Seed and Store Tomatoes

Peeling tomatoes eliminates the tough skin, which can contribute an unappealing texture in some dishes. Seeding them also makes for a smoother texture, and eliminates any bitter taste that can linger in the seeds. If you are a gardener and have an excess of ripe, fresh tomatoes—or if you are an avid patron of a local farmers’ market and you have purchased someone else’s excess—peeling and seeding them is the first step in storing them. They can be kept in sealable bags or airtight containers for up to six months. Or, use them immediately in chili, stews and any recipe that calls for fresh or canned diced tomatoes, such as salsa or fresh tomato sauce.

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