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How to prepare tomatoes

How to prepare tomatoes

Yes, I know you will say to me: why peel tomatoes? The answer is very simple: it's much better, gives a better texture, softer in the mouth.

The skin is tough, adds nothing to the taste (and you will have noticed that commercial tomatoes have practically no taste), and finally it's there (on/under the skin) that the awful chemical products that the fruit receive during growth, are concentrated (treatments, pesticides, etc...).

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Last modified on: June 6th 2012

For 4 tomatoes, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
39 min.1 min.40 min.
Preservation: 1 or 2 days in the fridge, protected by a plastic film
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
10 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #1 Boil a large pan of water, and prepare a large bowl of cold water (the kitchen sink, half filled, is fine).
Stage 2
5 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #2 Remove the small green stalk from each tomato (if there is one).
Stage 3
3 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #3 Then with a good knife cut a cross in the top of each tomato.
Stage 4
1 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #4 When water is boiling, put two or three tomatos in the pan. Leave them in for 20 seconds.

Note: If you leave tomatoes too long in boiling water, they will start to cook, and that's not the goal.
Stage 5
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #5 The skin will split, starting from the top incision.
Stage 6
1 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #6 Remove them with a skimmer or a fork, and plunge immediately into cold water. Continue with all tomatoes.
Stage 7
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #7 Other way:

Joel Robuchon advised in one of his recipes to avoid plunging tomatoes in water (because it removes some of the taste), but instead to stick the fruit on a fork and turn it above a gas flame. It works well.
Stage 8
3 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #8 Remove tomatoes from cold water, peel off the skin with a knife discard it.
Stage 9
5 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #9 With a knife remove the green and hard core of the tomatos ("the bone"), and discard it. The tomatoes are ready to be used, in a tomato tart for example.
Stage 10
2 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #10 If you want only tomato flesh: cut them in four.
Stage 11
5 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #11 Then cut each quarter, from top to bottom, exactly as if you were tracing a "C" with the knife blade.
Stage 12
5 min.
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #12 Discard the intside of the quarter, and remove any remaining seeds.
Stage 13
How to prepare tomatoes : Photo of step #13 You should have made tomato petals, ready to be used just as they are or cut smaller, in a salad with garden herbs for example, or cooked in another recipe like the tomato preserve.


The tomato is a very delicate fruit that fears the cold. If you put it at the refrigerator, it will very quickly lose the little taste that it has (if it's a commercial tomato, which cannot compete with a home-grown tomato). So it's best simply to store them at room temperature.

According to the variety of tomatoes, and the thickness of skin, (home-grown tomatoes have thicker skins), it might be necessary to leave them in boiling water for a few seconds longer. In any case, never exceed 30 seconds, otherwise the tomatoes start to cook.

Some recipes suggest removing the core of the tomato before putting it into boiling water. I think this is a bad idea, because the water gets inside the tomato and reduces the flavour even more.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 tomatoes : 1.60 €
Per tomatoes : 0.40 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made
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Your 2 comments or questions on this recipe

  • Is it proper to peel a tomato for table use? I like mine peeled, my husband likes the skin on. What is proper when serving dinner guests?
    Posted by Mavmacaw july 23th 2013 at 02:39 (n° 1)
  • For me it is always proper, tomato skin is nothing for taste, and it is always more sophisticated and pleasant for your guests. You can also argue that on tomato skin stay all the chemical products and pesticides the tomato receive when it grow.
    The only moment where skin is "needed", is for picnic, with well washed tomatoes, but that's all I think.
    Posted by jh july 23th 2013 at 11:46 (n° 2)

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