I purchased a tiny tomato cookbook at a library sale last summer — I still prefer illustrated cookbooks to recipes I find online. I much prefer working from pulp than electronics; the recipes seem better tested. The author made a commitment to publishing, thus acknowledging the inability to make corrections at a later date.
This book is called “The Tomato Cookbook” (1994 edition), edited by Nicola Hill, and a part of a Basic Ingredients library.
Boil tomatoes until the skin puckers.
Growing up, I watched my mother skin tomatoes for many recipes. I still skin tomatoes the same way: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop them into the boiling water about 2 minutes, depending on the size and ripeness of the tomato, or boil until the skin puckers. Remove with a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, the skins should slide easily off. My mom made a criss-cross in the top of each tomato, but I’ve found that’s not necessary.
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