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?

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    You know the skins comes off very easily if you boil for just 30 seconds. That can give yo a smoother sauce. -No skin, nothing to rinse. Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 0:04
  • Were these store bought, or picked out of your garden? Store bought tomatoes are more likely to have pesticides and such. This could make a huge difference in handling recommendations.
    – elbrant
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 4:43

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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.

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