How to Peel and Crush Tomatoes

You and your child can peel and crush tomatoes together using these four simple steps.

  1. Parent: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a big bowl with cold water and ice. Cut a small “x” shape into the bottom of each tomato.
  2. Parent: Once the water is boiling, add the tomatoes and cook for one minute. Using a slotted spoon, dunk the tomatoes in the bowl with ice water.
  3. Child: When the tomatoes are cool enough to touch, slip off the skins and transfer the tomatoes to another large bowl. Throw out the skins.
  4. Child: Use your hands to crush the tomatoes, breaking them up into small chunks.

Download a fun infographic with instructions here. Once you’ve mastered prepping the tomatoes, try this Tomato Chutney recipe.