When using tomatoes in pasta sauce or salsa, the peels and seeds often need to be removed. Here's an easy way:
- Make a shallow x on the bottom of the tomato; then place the tomato on a slotted spoon. Dip it into a pan of boiling water for 15 seconds; rinse with cold water.
- After the tomato has cooled slightly, use a paring knife to gently pull on the peel where the scored skin has begun to split. The skin will slip off easily.
- To remove the seeds, cut the tomato in half crosswise. Holding one half over a bowl, use the tip of a spoon to scoop out the seeds.