How to Cook Tomatoes
Peeling a Tomato
Many recipes ask you to peel a tomato, but it is not as simple as peeling an apple.
- Cut skin-deep "X" on bottom of each tomato. Place no more than 2 tomatoes at a time in saucepan of simmering water for 10 seconds.
- Remove with slotted spoon; plunge immediately into bowl of cold water for another 10 seconds.
- Remove loosened peel with paring knife.
Remove loosened peel with paring knife.
The name says it all. Sun-dried are usually Roma tomatoes that have been left out in the sun until most of their water evaporates.
- Spray blade of chef's knife with nonstick cooking spray.
Spray the blade of your knife with
nonstick cooking spry to ensure
an even cut.
- Arrange sun-dried tomatoes in single layer on cutting board.
- Cut tomatoes into strips. Line up strips and cut crosswise into pieces of desired size. Spray knife as needed to prevent sticking.
Cut the tomatoes into strips
and then cut the strips crosswise.
Next to peeling, the other maddening tomato preparation that most recipes call for is seeding.
- Cut tomato into halves. Remove stem. Scrape out seeds with spoon.
Half the tomato and then scoop
the seeds out with a spoon.
- Alternate Method: Cut an "X" in the bottom of tomato. Hold tomato over bowl, sliced side down, and squeeze to remove seeds.
You can also remove the seeds by
squeezing the tomato as you
would a lemon.
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