Removing Tomato Seeds

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Removing Tomato Seeds
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To fine tune your culinary skills, here we show you the step-by-step method of removing tomato seeds. It's useful in making salsas, stuffed tomatoes, tomato concasse and fine dining garnishings.
A step-by-step tutorial for doing away with those pesky tomato seeds.
We have illustrated two options to guide you when seeding a tomato.

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We have chosen to use a peeled tomato to illustrate this method, but an unpeeled tomato would be seeded in the same way.
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Cut the tomato in half from side to side, not top to bottom. If you were to cut it from top to bottom, you would expose some of the seed compartments inside of the tomato.
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By cutting the tomato from side to side, you keep all of the seed compartments inside.
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There are two options regarding how to seed from this point. The first option is to gently squeeze the tomato. Be cautious with the amount of pressure you exert when squeezing, otherwise you might destroy the shape of the tomato (which will make dicing more difficult).
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The second option is to scrape the seeds out of the tomato with a small tool or your finger. This option requires more time, but will reserve tomato's shape better than the squeezing method.
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You could also remove the compartment walls with a spoon if you would like to create a nice tomato-cup for stuffing. If you intend to use the tomato for a cup, slice off a very thin slice from the bottom so that it will not fall over, tilt, or roll around when served.
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We chose to dice this tomato.
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Use peeled, seeded, and diced tomatoes in these recipes:

Fresh Tomato Salsa
Stuffed Tomatoes
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