Step 3: Boil tomatoes

Dump tomatoes into boiling water, and cook for roughly 30-45 seconds.  (Start counting time immediately - no need to wait for the water to reboil.)

This time will vary according to the size of your tomatoes (smaller tomatoes will cook faster!), the size of your pot (larger quantities of water have greater thermal mass!), and the number of tomatoes you drop in each time (more thermal mass of tomatoes drops the water temperature!).

The goal is to boil the tomatoes just long enough to cook the outer millimeter or so of tomato skin and connective tissue so the skin will detach easily, while leaving most of the tomato in a nearly-raw state. Do some test runs, and adjust your timing as needed.  If you see the tomato skins starting to split down from your original cut, they're definitely done - yank them out immediately, and consider dropping the time for your next batch.
<p>Have a test!</p>
I can't get passed the fact there is a three year old that close to a boiling pot and on a stool, no less! NO three year old possesses the cognitive skills for this activity; that's what watchful parents are for!<br>For shame! And you think it's cute/ok for pictures?!<br>There is cause for great concern/ intervention here.
Nice ! <br>But really you don't have to go through all this pain to peel tomatoes. <br>Just dip them in boiling water holding each one with a fork. Let them sit there a few seconds to a minute and a half depending on the variety and ripeness of the fruit. Then retrieve each with the fork and put it on a clean towel &acirc;€&brvbar;&Acirc;&nbsp;and that's it ! &acirc;€&brvbar; <br>The 4 holes made by the fork will be a starter to peel them as well as the nice cross. By the time they're all on the towel they'll be cold enough to be handled. <br>I've been doing tomato salads this way since 1970, and about 4 to 7 times a week !&acirc;€&brvbar; <br>But then again, I really don't see any flaw in this Instructable : &quot;crossed&quot; tomatoes, iced water &acirc;€&brvbar; Very professional !&acirc;€&brvbar; <br> <br>Now what you can to after that, which can be seen as a complementary refinement to tomato peeling for a salad is to take off the seeds. Do this over a bowl after cutting the tomato in four or five big chunks (depending on how many hollows the fruit has. This will enable you to drain the juice : you will use it for the seasoning of the salad. Oil as usual, vinegar but not as much as a regular oil and vinegar seasoning as it will be complemented by the juice from tomatoes : this will make a very sweet oil and vinegar seasoning. If you feel this lacks of acidity add a lemon squeeze &acirc;€&brvbar;&Acirc;&nbsp; <br> <br>Enjoy !&acirc;€&brvbar; <br> <br>
Great instructable! I've never tried Wild Boar seeds, I'll give them a go next year. Also, love the pictures of your son helping out. I can't wait for mine to be old enough to cook alongside :)
It's amazing how well this technique works! This is my first year processing tomatoes and the boiling water/ice water works like a charm.
These tomatoes look so good. Can't wait until mine are ready to try this. Thanks for sharing. <br />Sunshiine

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