When it comes to making a home-cooked meal, sometimes the prep work can be the longest part of the process. Take peeling tomatoes, for example; it can take forever to individually peel the skin off each one before you even get started on anything else. It’s good news, then, that there’s a very easy trick for removing those tomato skins — with very little work for you. (Always a plus!)
This tip comes from food TikToker @JaxFoodHacks. Here’s how it works: Take your tomatoes and slice them in half, then drizzle olive oil in a pan and set it to medium heat. Wait a few minutes for the pan to warm up, and add your tomatoes cut side down. Put a lid over the pan, and set a timer for five minutes. Once you come back, presto: You’ll be able to remove the skins straight from the tomatoes by just pinching them.
So simple, right? Now it’s time to take that hack and make tomato-based dishes to your heart’s content, whether that’s pasta with a delicious homemade marinara sauce or grilled cheese with a tasty tomato soup. After all, tomatoes are a great source of antioxidants as well as vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium, which can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Why not include a few more in your meals?
And if you finish up your cooking and realize your have extra tomatoes on hand, try this quick trick for preserving them for up to six months. Now let’s get to peeling those tomatoes!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.