How to: Peel and Seed a Tomato

As soon as I learned this technique, I immediately didn’t know how I had ever used a raw tomato with seeds before. This technique requires a few minutes of prep time, but I find it is worth it for some dishes. All you need is a tomato, a serrated knife, and a small pot filled with water deep enough to cover the tomato. You should also have a bowl of ice water, ready in the sink.

Start the water boiling, and slice an “X” in the bottom of the tomato with the serrated knife.

Tomato with X

Carefully place the tomato into the water with the “X” facing up. When you see the skin of the tomato start to split, remove the tomato from the water with a slotted spoon and submerge it in the ice water.

Tomato Peeling

As soon as it is cool enough to handle, peel off the skin, and slice the tomato in half and then quarters. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon or your fingers.

Tomato Final

That’s it! The tomato is now ready to chop and use in recipes.

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