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How to peel and seed a tomato

How to peel a tomato

First, slice an "x" across the blossom end of the tomatoes; this will help the skin to peel off in a regular fashion.

Next, plunge the tomatoes into barely boiling water, stem-side down, for 30 seconds.

Blanching the tomatoes

Turn the tomatoes once so that they heat evenly, allowing the tomato's skin to pull off in large strips.

Blanch unti the skins peel up

Using tongs, move the tomatoes to a bowl of ice-water to stop the cooking; the tomatoes will be very hot to the touch, but the interior flesh will not be cooked.

Shock the blanced tomatoes to stop the cooking

When the tomatoes have cooled -- after 3 to 5 minutes -- remove them from the ice bath, pat them dry with a paper towel and gently peel the cooked skin off along the "x" where the skin has naturally split.

Cooled tomato ready to peel

Naked tomato ready for slicing or chopping

Next, with sharp knife, cut the tomato into quarters and remove the seeds, being sure to cut away the core on the stem end.

It's easiest to quarter the tomato before seeding

Slice out the seed capsule

Once the seeds and skin have been removed, you're left with tomato flesh petals that can be used to hold dollops of tuna or vegetable salad, or diced and added to soups, salads and sauces.

The seeded tomato petal is ready to use in any recipe

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