How to peel tomatoes when you have MILLIONS of them!

I’m having another sauce bottling day. Bottling days are some of my favourite days and for me they are an integral part of suburban homesteading. I may not be able to keep a cow, fish in my own dam or spin fleece from my own sheep, but EVERYONE with a stove can bottle their own sauce. Seriously,  my home smells amazing today!

And while bottling sauce is easy, it is rather time consuming, so it helps to know a few tricks. This includes how to easily peel bucketloads of tomatoes 😉

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Step One
Put a large pot of water on the stove to bring to the boil. Rinse your tomatoes. Discard any that are rotten. If you wouldn’t eat it fresh, your definitely do not want to preserve it!

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Step Two
Score the base of your tomatoes using a sharp knife  (a paring knife is easiest to work with if you have one).

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And YES, I do mean score every single tomato. This is the most time consuming part of the process but I promise,  it makes step four so much easier!

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Step Three
In batches, add your tomatoes to the rapidly boiling water (and it will be at a rapid boil by the time you have scored them all 😉 ). When the skins start to pull back from the score marks, use a slotted spoon to remove the tomatoes from the pot and put them into a bowl of iced water.

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Step Four
Wait a minute for the tomatoes to cool enough that you can handle them without scalding your fingers. In the meantime add your next batch to the pot to boil. Once the tomatoes are cooled a little you can peel them. Thanks to the scoring, the skins peel away easily. Really, they pretty much wipe off with a rub of your thumb. Told you the scoring was worth the hassle 😉

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Step Five
Keep repeating the process for each batch until you have peeled the MILLIONS of tomatoes. Keep all of the discarded skins in a bowl to go into the compost. Done!

Now all that’s left to do is tidy your work area before you start on the sauce itself 😊 Or any other fabulous recipe you want to use your tomatoes in.

Tomorrow I will share my current favourite recipe for tomato sauce x

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