Peeling Tomatoes. A step by step guide on how to start off your crushed tomatoes or your Marina sauce recipe right! Use the sweetest, ripest tomatoes you can find because it's all about the ingredients. Great ingredients, Great food!
From my experience, the best way to tell if a tomato is ripe and sweet is to check it's firmness, look at the skins texture and check to see if it smells like a tomato.
If the tomato is too hard, it probably isn't ripe yet. Most tomatoes are picked when they're green in the hopes they can transport them to the super market where they can ripen on the shelves. Try shopping at a local green market. That helps.
Then look for texture of the skin. For peeling tomatoes you can look for slightly over ripe tomatoes. It makes peeling them a little easier. Sometimes grocers or green markets will have an over ripe box that they sell at a discount. Those are usually perfect!
Finally the smell of the tomato is going to seal the deal. I remember living in Rome and the smell of the tomatoes alone from the street markets would wake you out of a dead sleep. Ahhh, I miss those days!
Peeling the Tomatoes:
My step by step guide to peeling tomatoes will show you how to prep your own fresh, homemade tomato sauce.
Begin by angling your knife to remove the core but just where the stem attaches. You don't want to core the tomato like you would an apple. You just want to remove the top portion where the stem attaches to the tomato.
Then using a very sharp knife remove the skin from the tomato. The riper the tomato, the easier this step will be. Stay as close to the surface of the tomato as possible to save as much of the meat of the tomato as possible.
After you skin the tomato, cut the top portion off the tomato and squeeze the seeds out. The seeds are the most bitter part of the tomato so squeeze out as many of them out as possible.
Now you can place all of the tomatoes into a pot to boil down for sauce or you can place them in a food processor and blend to a smooth consistency.
Peeling tomatoes for a homemade Marinara Sauce recipe
takes just a few extra minutes and will make all the difference in the world.
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