Tips & How-Tos
Here is an easy way to peel and core tomatoes that I learnt from Martha Stewart cooking class video. Peeling and coring tomatoes is the first step in all sort of sauces, soups, puree and ketchup. Here is a trick to easily peel the tomatoes.
Boil water in a pot. Meanwhile, wash and remove the stem of tomatoes. Turn the tomato upside down and make a small x sign using a knife.
Drop the tomatoes in boiling water. Leave it boiling water for not more than ten seconds. Meanwhile, set aside a bowl of icy cold water. Add ice cubes if necessary.
Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and immediately drop them in cold water. This will prevent the tomatoes from getting cooked.
Now you will notice that the skin has peeled off automatically for the major part. Peel the skin off completely. Now to core the tomatoes, run the knife along the top of the tomato like shown in the image below.
Now the tomatoes can be used for a variety of purposes after peeling and coring.
I’ve come to regret few store-bought spice powders recently. So I decided to make home-made spice powders. Today, I started with cumin powder. Cumin is rich in iron. It’s a spice used in south Asian countries mainly for their rich flavor and aroma.
Begin by heating a skillet and add 50 grams or 2 ounce of cumin seeds. Keep frying the seeds in medium flame for about 2 to 3 minutes. Be cautious not to burn them. Remove from stove as soon as the seeds change color.
Cool off for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep your hands off the cumin seeds the entire time to increase shelf life. Now transfer the seeds to a spice grinder or any other grinder that will powder them finely. Grind them well till they are finely powdered. Now transfer to a spice jar or canister. This home-made cumin powder will last for a year.
Add this to soups, chili, and other gravies for a rich aroma and flavor!