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How to Peel Tomatoes the Easy Way for Canning Salsa and Sauces

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Do you ever long for a day when you could peel tomatoes easily to make salsas or sauces so that food preservation didn’t feel like so much work?  Do you dread blanching them and then burning your fingers as you try to peel off the skin?  I know I do.  That is one of my least favorite parts of harvest season and canning.  But…my awesome husband just found a great solution to the nuisance of blanching and hand-peeling the tomatoes for me.  I can’t wait to show it to you!

How to Peel Tomatoes the Easy Way

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Look at the Johnny Apple Sauce Maker and salsa screen that my hubby got for me!!!  Are you wondering why I am so excited about this?  Oh, my goodness.  I did not have to blanch or peel these tomatoes by hand.  That is reason enough! 

How to Peel Tomatoes

This thing is so easy to use.  Just rinse off the tomatoes and pull off the stem.  

peeling tomato easy way

You can also cut out the stem base if you like.  I didn’t for cut out the stem bases for all of them.  Some of them I left the stem base on and this handy gadget removed most of the stem bases along with the skins.  I only had to pick a couple out.  Easy peasy!

peel tomatoes easy

Here’s a quick little video to show you exactly how it works.  Keep in mind the sauce screen needs to be used if you are making pizza sauce, tomato sauce, or ketchup.  For this demonstration, I used the salsa screen, which we purchased separately because I was canning salsa.

How to Use Peeled Tomatoes

Once you have prepared the tomatoes for the salsa or sauce, you can just use your favorite tomato recipe.  If you don’t want to cut up other veggies to make salsa or sauces, you can also try Mrs. Wage’s salsa mixes or sauce mixes.   Everything is dehydrated in those, so you just dump them in and follow the instructions on the package! 

Once you have finished making your sauce or salsa, it’s time to eat!

If you have a surplus of your salsa or sauce, you may want to can it.  Canning salsas and sauces can be very easy.  You will need to heat it up to put it in the hot jars.  If you want to learn how to do that, click here to see how to make salsa the easy way.   

I don’t recommend freezing salsa, but many sauces can be frozen in Rubbermaid containers or gallon-sized Ziploc bags.

peel tomatoes easy
peel tomatoes easy

How to Peel Tomatoes the Easy Way for Canning Salsa and Sauces

Yield: varies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

If you dread blanching tomatoes and then burning your fingers as you try to peel off the skin like I do, I have a great solution for you!  Let me show you how we made what is one of my least favorite parts of canning an easy and quick task! 


  • Tomatoes


  1. Rinse the tomatoes.
  2. Remove the stem. 
  3. Cut out the stem base. 
  4. Use the sauce screen in the Johnny Apple Sauce Maker if you are making pizza sauce, tomato sauce, or ketchup.  Use the salsa screen when making salsa or more chunky foods.
  5. Place one bowl at the skin outlet and one at the outlet for the tomato.
  6. Turn the handle on the sauce maker. The skins come out into one bowl and the tomato comes out into another.


Excess sauces can be canned or frozen. I don't recommend freezing salsas as they tend to lose their texture and become soggy.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 2Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Come to think of it, the salsa screen would also be great to use for the tomatoes in my zucchini marinara sauce!

See you next time!


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