Gallery: How to Make Tomato Water

Gather your tomatoes
Gather your tomatoes

Bring a pot of water (enough to cover one of the tomatoes) to a boil.

In the meantime
In the meantime

Using a sharp pairing knife, remove the core of the tomatoes without removing any excess flesh.

Make a small
Make a small "x" on the bottom of each tomato

With the pairing knife. This will help the skin slip off easily once the tomato has been blanched.

Plunge them into the boiling water
Plunge them into the boiling water

Until the skins are easy to remove, about 10 seconds.

Remove with a slotted spoon
Remove with a slotted spoon

And immediately place into a bath of ice water to shock and stop the cooking process.

Peel away the tomato skins
Peel away the tomato skins

and discard.

Quarter the tomatoes
Quarter the tomatoes

and break out the blender.

In a blender
In a blender

Puree the flesh and seeds. Pour into a saucepan and place on medium-high heat.

Bring the tomatoes to a boil
Bring the tomatoes to a boil

They should go from a pale pink color to a darker red when they’re ready.

Carefully ladel or pour the hot puree
Carefully ladel or pour the hot puree

Over a thin towel or several (four to five) layers of cheesecloth, and place it into a strainer over a heatproof bowl. Let the liquid drip into the bowl.

The tomato water should be clear and free of pulp
The tomato water should be clear and free of pulp

It can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until you're ready to use!

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