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Peeling Fresh Tomatoes

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The tomatoes in my garden are ripening fast. Soon there will be so many that I will have to start canning and/or freezing them. I don’t want to waste even one tomato. You can’t get that fresh from the garden taste anywhere else. For canning and freezing my tomatoes I start by removing the skin. I thought I would share with you this easy method of removing the tomato skin.

You’ll need:




small bowl


slotted spoon

sharp knife

Place the pan filled with water about 3/4’s full, enough to cover the tomato completely. Heat water to a rolling boil.

Make an X with a knife on the bottom of your tomato. Piercing the skin.

Place tomato in boiling water for about 15 seconds.

Remove from water with slotted spoon. Plunge immediately into icy water to cool.

See how nice the skins come loose?

We are in a significant drought and many crops have already been lost. Especially the corn crops. The farmers have had to plow some fields under because of the extreme temperatures and lack of rainfall.  Prices are expected to rise 5 % by year end. I will spend the next several weeks putting up as many fresh fruits and vegetables as I can. I have been stockpiling food for several years. Making sure I have at least a 6 – 12 month supply of most items at all time. Some friends make fun of me. I don’t care. I never have to worry if I have a certain item. I know I do, and I know I paid a great price for it. Do you stock pile any food items?

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15 thoughts on “Peeling Fresh Tomatoes”

  1. Renee C. says:

    Can I just say I have tomato envy? Tomatoes just don’t do that well on the West coast. Sigh…

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  2. Lisa says:

    Great advice! We have been canning like crazy here, too. Mostly corn and carrots so far in my pressure canner. If you have any suggestions or advice, please pass it along as I am learning everyday! Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” 🙂

  3. Grandma Kc says:

    Your tomatoes are beautiful! I use that same method for taking the skins off of peaches — easy peasy! Don’t let those friends and neighbors tease you about hoarding food! If there ever is a disaster of any kind, they will all be headed to your house for good eats! We say this same thing about my Mom — and it is said with love! Just stopped in from the GRAND Social! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Diane says:

      Lol! Thanks so much for dropping by 🙂

  4. Christy says:

    I have just begun to can in the last 2 years – and nothing, nothing compares to the taste and the feeling of accomplishment when I look at all those beautiful jars of food waiting to be eaten by my family!

    1. Diane says:

      I agree, they look so beautiful 🙂

  5. Glo @ Off The Grid At -30 says:

    Great tutorial! Exactly what I will be doing this year. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to “I Did It!” Tuesday! 🙂

  6. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    That’s a much easier way to remove the tomato skin than I expected. Thank you!

    I admire your growing and canning ability. I’m struggling just to get my zucchini to grow (only got one last year). I could blame it on Colorado climate but it’s really just because I stink at growing things (other than kids).

    Thank you for linking up to the GRAND Social!

  7. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says:

    Your tomatoes look great! We really haven’t been able to stockpile much. I tried canning for the first time last week though!! So excited. I’m glad you linked up at Romance on a dime’s TIOT party!!

  8. Claiming Our Space says:

    Just an FYI, don’t throw away the peels. Dry them out (we use our dehydrator) and then run them through a coffee bean grinder grinding them to powder. Then you can use it to thicken your tomato sauces. I store mine in a glass jar in the freezer so it doesn’t get clumpy.

    1. Diane says:

      Wow! I had never heard that before. Love it, thanks so much 🙂

      1. Jacque Clifford says:

        Great idea, going to do that also

  9. Frida says:

    Thank you I needed this…
    I usually use this kind of potatoes in cooking baby food and used to have hard time peeling tomatoes….
    I use this trick now…

    1. Diane says:

      I’m so glad to be able to help you out! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  10. Kathleen Wilson says:

    This info is so needed! Thank you from a city slicker.

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