I don't know if you've ever put a tomato through this six-stage gauntlet, but after an hour I began to feel like it was no longer worth it. Don't get me wrong, the gazpacho was delicious, but after finishing it, I was convinced that I would never make it again.
Apparently, I'm not alone. Tomato peeling is a tough enough job that OMRA decided at some point to provide us with a device that makes peeling tomatoes a matter of a few seconds. Sure, the cheapest model cost about $329 and it's really geared toward commercial customers and home canners, but it peels up to 400 pounds of the plump pomodoros in an hour (compared with my track record of three per hour), and it also works on peaches, apples, pumpkins, and berries. Fruit going into the top of the mill comes out on bottom as a silky smooth puree that's perfect for sauces, soups, or jams and jellies.
I'm not one to buy gadgets out of laziness, but every once in a while, I come across a job that's just annoying enough to make me consider it. Tomato peeling is definitely one of them, and if you're willing to fork out the cash for my next birthday, I'll be sure to repay you with some gazpacho. See a video of the tomato machine at work here.