i just processed about 22 pounds of tomatoes in about half an hour, including extra time to accommodate my assistant's* help. :)
*Corvidae just turned 3 yesterday! She loves helping out with fiddly food-prep processes, especially if they involve the stove and/or ice. If you let your toddler (or older kid) help in the kitchen, make sure they've got a nice stable platform (we use a folding utility stool for Corvidae) and that they're smart around hot and/or sharp objects. We're trying to scald tomatoes, and hopefully NOT innocent bystanders.
Step 1: Tools and Ingredients
- a pot full of boiling water
- a bowl full of ice water, and more ice to add as needed
- a slotted spoon
- a sharp knife
- lots of beautiful fresh tomatoes!
I got these Early Girls from my favorite tomato growers, Wild Boar Farms. Soon they'll have tons of gorgeous and amazingly delicious heirloom tomatoes at the market, but I prefer to roast and freeze those, and their skins are so thin they don't require peeling. If you don't live in the SF bay area, I highly recommend buying some of their seeds so you can grow your own.