Friday, October 9, 2009

How To Blanch Tomatoes

According to wikipedia - Blanching is a cooking process wherein the food substance, usually a vegetable or fruit, is plunged into boiling water, removed after a brief, timed interval, and finally plunged into iced water or placed under cold running water  to halt the cooking process.Today let us learn how to blanch tomatoes at home.

How to Blanch tomatoes-Tomato puree

How to Blanch tomatoes

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 2 mins 
 Recipe CategoryBasics of cooking-How to

   Ingredients needed

   Tomato - 1/2 kg

Blanch tomatoes


Wash the tomatoes well.

Using a sharp knife, cut an "x" at the bottom of the tomatoes for easier peeling.

Bring water to boil. Place the tomatoes (Do not crowd with too much tomatoes) gently in the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. (The time varies depending upon the size of the fruit).The smaller ones take lesser time.

After 2 minutes, switch off the heat.

Immediately remove the tomatoes with a slotted ladle and place it in cold water for 30 seconds.This is done to prevent it from getting cooked further.

Remove it from cold water and peel the skin gently. To de-seed, cut each tomato in half and scoop out the seeds. Discard the seeds.

Blend it to a puree. Tomato puree is now ready to be used for gravies, soups, sauce etc. I have used for my tomato soup, paneer butter masala and many other gravies.

tomato puree
Storage and shelf life 

Measure and freeze in ice cube tray, store the frozen cubes in a zip lock bag in the freezer. Stays good for 2 weeks.

Alternatively, you can also store it in clean containers in the freezer. By measuring the puree and storing it - it becomes easier to use them in recipes.

Thaw it before using it for preparing any dishes.

Meet you all with more interesting recipes, until then it is bye from Padhu.


  1. hi Padhu,, very nice blog,.thanks.... even you have posted how to make white rice.. wowo.. awesome starting


  2. hi padhu ,, we all love you .. it is so help ful ...... many thanks for your efforts in teaching us cooking

  3. Hi.... We love ur cooking... Daily I'm trying only ur way of cooking... And always it comes out well... Hats off to u... Thank u so much...

  4. Hi haven't tried any of the dishes yet but you've definitely explained them well.

    If I want one cup purée how many tomatoes would I need to blanch approximately? Also, for how many days can a purée last in the fridge

  5. Approximately 3 medium sized ripe tomatoes. You can keep the puree for 3-4 days in the refrigerator and for more number of days in the freezer.

  6. Can this be used in curries and other dishes we make in a normal south Indian family? Can this be made n stored in case tomatoes are out of stock?

    1. You can use this for curries, punjabi sabjis, to make quick tomato rice,tomato chutney etc. It can be stored in an airtight box in the fridge and for more days in the freezer.


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