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Sep 30, 2011 08:54 AM

do I need to peel tomatoes for this gazpacho?

making a gazpacho that is just uncooked tomatoes, bread crumbs, garlic and seasonings, blended together til smooth. I have a super duper Vita Mix blender, so everything gets processed as smooth as I need/want it to be. With that in mind, is there any reason I need to peel the tomatoes (which the recipe calls for) or can I just throw it all into the VitaMix and let it all get blended together?
thanks in advance for your help

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  1. IMO there is no need to skin them except maybe for looks and texture. I would think that some people may not want to eat the skin pieces that dont get blended. I don't know how well a vitamix works so if it will blend the skins up (as most blenders and processor don't) then just go for it

    1. I don't, I just roughly chop them and throw them in my food processor. Turns out just fine for me...that and I like how it adds to the texture.

      1. I skin them and also remove the seeds.
        Doing these two things contributes to a less bitter taste.

        1. I was going to respond with a conditional, "if" and "except," but then I read "Vita Mix." I'm sure the recipe calls for you to chop up the ingredients too, but you have a Vita Mix! The only cutting I'd do is for the tomato core/stem.

          1. I'm in the peeling camp. Perhaps I'm just fussy. It's not really too hard to blanch and shock tomatoes. The skins come right off after that.