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How to peel a tomato

Skinless tomatoes are easy to prepare and perfect for making tomato sauce. Simply sauté a finely chopped onion in a little olive oil, add roughly chopped, peeled tomatoes, season and cook until reduced to a thick sauce.

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Step 1

Using a sharp knife, lightly score the base of the tomatoes with a cross.

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Step 2

Place the tomatoes in a pan or bowl and cover with freshly boiled water. Leave for 3-4 minutes, or until the skins begin to wrinkle and split.

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Step 3

Plunge the tomatoes into a bowl of iced water to reduce their temperature.

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Step 4

Carefully peel away the skins with your fingers.

Juicy English tomatoes are really versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways.

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