After all these years of cooking, I’m still finding there are still many new things to learn in the kitchen.
The other day I was working on a food photoshoot for a client and the recipe called for 1 “deseeded tomato”.
I found myself googling “how to deseed a tomato”, and figured I probably wasn’t the only one who didn’t know how!
Why do we need to deseed tomatoes?
My research told me that the purpose of deseeding tomatoes is that tomato seeds are the culprit for causing dishes to become watery and have an unpleasant texture.
In salad, for instance, the gooey watery substance of tomato seeds can make the lettuce wilt quickly.
Recipes like fresh tomato sauce, tomato paste, and tomato juice instruct to peel tomatoes and de-seed them. Deseeded tomatoes are also nice to dice and use as a topping on salads or dips (like this delicious ground beef taco dip).
Simple steps to De-seed tomatoes
I wasn’t mixing up a huge batch of tomato sauce, but I just needed to deseed 2 tomatoes. Here was the easy trick and straightforward method I used to do so.
- Wash the tomatoes well.
- Using a sharp serrated edged knife, place the tomatoe on its side on a cutting board and slice off the stem end and bottom of each tomato.
- With the tip of the knife, slice from the top of the tomato into the center of the tomato in a straight line downward.
- Gently pull apart the tomato to reveal the flesh of the tomato.
- Run your knife around the edge of the red fleshy part and scoop the inner seeds into a bowl to dispose of them.
- Then cut the tomatoe in half and slice and dice the tomato into the desired size your recipe calls for.
Deseeding tomatoes can be done with little effort and helps make lovely diced tomatoes for salads and toppings.
For more cooking & baking tips, check out these posts:
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- How to use parchment paper safely in your kitchen
- How to make pie crust from scratch
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