To-MAY-to, to-MAH-to. No matter how you pronounce it, you should be peeling yours! Here's how.

By Renae Wilson
June 06, 2019
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colorful tomatoes
Photography by Christopher Testani
| Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani
tomato with knife
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Step 1.

Using a small knife, score a small X on the bottom of each tomato (not the stem end).

pouring water on tomatoes in bowl
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Step 2.

Place them in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water until the skins start to peel, 20 to 30 seconds.

tomatoes in ice water
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Step 3. 

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice water and let cool.

peeled tomato
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Step 4.

Drain them, then use a knife or your fingers to peel off the skins. And get saucing!