Thursday, September 2, 2010

My First Crop of San Marzano Tomatoes are Ready!

Growing the San Marzano Tomato
This year I decided to plant the San Marzano variety of tomato. I chose this variety of tomato as they are favoured by Chefs world-wide and are apparently the best when used in tomato sauce.

My first harvest of lucious San Marzano Tomatoes
I’ve been pleased with the results. I planted four plants and each have yielded an impressive amount of tomatoes with more to come. The first harvest gave me about 30 tomatoes.

I’ve read they’re also one of the easiest to peel.

The thought of peeling a bunch of tomatoes usually daunts me so I don’t bother. This year, however, I decided to give it try. I read that the San Marzano variety are one of the easiest types of tomato to peel and it’s true!

See how to peel tomatoes
Watch my video to see how easy it is to remove their skins. I noticed when previewing that the complete video screen is not showing - have to make some design adjustments. Until then, if the complete video screen doesn't show you can view it on YouTube.

You can also see full instructions below, good for any type of tomato that needs to be peeled.

Instructions to peel tomatoes
  1. Cut an ‘X’ into the top of the tomatoes.
  2. Boil a pot of water.
  3. Place tomatoes into boiling water in batches as necessary.
  4. Boil for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from boiling water (I used a sieve).
  6. Then immediately plunge tomatoes into a bowl of ice water.
  7. After about a minute they’ll be cool enough to handle.
  8. Peel the skin from each tomato.
What's your favourite kind of tomato to grow?

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