Seeding a Tomato

Expert advice from Food Editor Karen Scales

Food Editor Karen Scales

Food Editor Karen Scales

DEAR KAREN: I've seen recipes that call for seeded tomatoes. What is the correct way of seeding a tomato?
—T.E., Burlington, Massachusetts

Seeding a tomato not only removes the seeds, but also eliminates some of the juice that can make a dish too watery. It may also improve the appearance or texture of some recipes, such as homemade tomato soup.

To remove the seeds, cut the tomato in half horizontally and remove the stem. Hold each half over a bowl or sink, and scrape out the seeds with a small spoon or gently squeeze the tomato to release the cluster of seeds. Then slice or chop the tomato as directed in the recipe.

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