Have a large set of tomatoes to make some pasta sauce. To soften them for the food mill I boil them. My question is whether it's worth rinsing if they're eventaully gonna get boiled anyway?
Boiling can take care of any bacterial contaminants.
But boiled dirt still tastes like dirt. And boiled pesticides are probably still not good for you.
I always rinse off vegetables before using them , even when blanching them.
In the case of tomatoes, I rinse them off, or more precisely, I give them a water bath and brush off dirt and cut away bad parts before blanching them.
Is it worth it? probably not; but I am more certain they are clean.
Washing the dirt or store bought tomatoes is a must. When blanching them they won't have contaminants being absorbed.