Tipsy Tuesday – Tomatoes!
I use tomatoes a lot in my cooking and depending on the application, I find it necessary to concasse them before I use them in my recipes. This is particularly important when cooking recipes that are delicate in flavor since the seeds have a bitter taste. Depending on the tomato varietal and the thickness of the skin, I will skip the first step if the skin is thin and tender.
The seeded portion of the tomato also contains a lot of moisture. This can destroy a quiche, bruschetta, tomato pie, salads or even a lovely tomato sandwich. If drying your tomatoes, it can also make the process really time consuming!
- To remove the skins, simply have a bowl of ice water handy and boil some water. Cut a small cross on the stem side of the tomato and immerse it in boiling water for 10-30 seconds. Since tomatoes vary in size and skin thickness, just watch for the skin to get a tad wrinkled or starting to peel back from the cross you made. Remove and place into the ice water bowl to cool and to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, the skins are easy to pull off with your fingers.
- Quarter the tomatoes to access the seeds easily. Place your knife horizontally and simply cut away the membranes and seeds.
- I use a paper towel to pat the meat of the tomato dry to remove any excess moisture.
- Instead of discarding the seeds, use them to make salsa or as an added vegetable to your smoothie. You can blend them to make your own Bloody Mary mix too!
- Now you are ready to dice to your desired size and prepare your recipe!
If you want to remove the skin, make a little cross at the top of the tomato, boil a few seconds and immerse in ice water.
These are Campari tomatoes which usually have a very thing skin, are low in acid and sweet. I didn’t need to remove the skins. I just quartered them.
Gently guide your knife horizontally across the membranes and seeds to remove them.
You end up with the heart of the tomato that is ready to dice or simply left whole depending on your recipe.
I place a kitchen towel under my board if I am using a lot of tomatoes because of the amount of water they produce. It helps with the mess. I just wanted to show you just how much moisture they contain!
Happy Tipsy Tuesday!