a pretty cool life.: Greetings from the tomato farm!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Greetings from the tomato farm!

We're having a bumper crop of tomatoes this year!  I'm trying out all kinds of recipes so I don't waste a single one. 

Many call for the tomatoes to be peeled, and here's a quick way to do it: 

With a paring knife, slice a shallow X in the bottom of your tomatoes.

Drop the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water for 1 minute and then immediately put them into an ice bath until they're cool enough to pick up.

The skin should peel back easily. 


  1. Wow, thanks for that tip I have tried the cross and the boiling water but never the skinny dip into the freezing cold. Will definitely give that a try. All that tomatoey goodness. Lovely!

  2. Wishing so much that we had started our garden this year. We will begin preparing in the fall. Those tomatoes look great. There is nothing better than a homegrown tomato. Jackie

  3. And, of course you have a cute black gingham curtain... ;o)

    Thanks for the how-to on easy peeling for tomatoes. I've seen something similar for potatoes as well. xo

  4. I used this method with some of tomatoes last year, chopped them up and froze them in baggies. Turned out ok...but now I'm looking for good canning tips. Are you canning those lovely maters??

  5. Fresh pico de gallo is the best! I wish we had grown tomatoes this year...

  6. I tried gardening last year and got nothing. You have inspired me to try again in the spring.

    It would be great if you could post some gardening tips before planting season.

  7. Wow, to have a garden...someday soon. Thanks for the tip, I knew about the hot water and ice bath, but not the cross at the bottom. I will certainly try fresh tomatoes next time I make spaghetti sauce instead of canned.


  8. Those tomatoes look lovely. What a great tip. I have heard about this in reference to peaches and it makes sense that it would work for tomatoes as well. Great picture tutorial...great for us visual learners :)

  9. excelente tu explicación, muy hermosos tomates, te felicito!

  10. You HAVE to try this tomato pie recipe. It is WONDERFUL! http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/06/25/summer-lunch/ we had a huge supply of tomatoes last summer and I made this at least once a week. My kids love it too.

  11. My neighbor freezes them whole and then puts them in spaghetti and what not throughout the winter. They are great!

  12. You can save yourself another step here and not have to cut the X in the tomatoes. Just put them in the pot of boiling water til the skin starts to crack, then the ice water & they peel just as easy!

  13. The tomatoes look scrumptious and your photography is amazing!!!!

  14. Great tip, it helps a lot to know. Thanks for sharing, hope to see more of your posts.
    I'm pinning it.


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