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De-seeding tomatoes

There are three ways to de-seed tomatoes, depending on how perfect the remaining tomato needs to look.

If making a sauce, cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and squeeze out the seeds.

If making a dish that requires the tomato flesh to be chopped later, cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds using a teaspoon.

If making a dish where the de-seeded tomatoes will be on display, cut the tomatoes in half vertically, cut them in half again (into quarters), then carefully cut out the seeds and core using a sharp knife.

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Pasta with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil Pasta with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil

By Sophie Grigson

Recipes using this technique

Main course

Light meals & snacks

Brunch

Starters & nibbles

Skill level

Easy

Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Sharp knife
  • Teaspoon