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How to Remove Tomato Seeds

A step-by-step tutorial for doing away with those pesky tomato seeds.

There's more than one way to seed a tomato. We'll guide you through two easy methods.

1. We're using a peeled tomato, but an unpeeled tomato would be seeded in the same way.

    2. Cut the tomato in half from side to side, not top to bottom. Why? If you were to cut it from top to bottom, you would expose some of the seed compartments inside of the tomato.

      3. By cutting the tomato from side to side, you keep all of the seed compartments inside.

        4. At this point, you have two options for getting rid of the seeds. 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).

          5. The second option is to scrape the seeds out of the tomato with a small tool or even with your finger. This option requires more time, but will reserve tomato's shape better than the squeezing method.

            6. 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.

              7. We chose to dice this tomato.

              Use peeled, seeded, and diced tomatoes in these recipes: 

              Apr. 13, 2010 5:30 pm
              This is the best way to make your tomatoes for pico de gallo! Yum!
              Apr. 30, 2010 10:37 am
              Recently I was advised by my gastric doctor to avoid nuts and seeds. Your method of cutting side to side is a wonderful help to this tomato-holic. Thanks. Love your site.
              Jun. 4, 2010 6:59 am
              Learning to become more adept in the kitchen... this was a huge help!
              Jul. 25, 2010 5:39 pm
              I would like to know if you can "can" this salsa or freeze it?
              Jul. 25, 2010 5:40 pm
              I would like to know if this salsa receipe can be canned or frozen.
              Aug. 5, 2010 10:37 am
              I jar my own salsa, its very easy. The only problem is I can't keep it around very long. My family loves it and I'm always giving it away.
              Sep. 14, 2010 4:16 pm
              Thank you for this lesson! I've been having issues trying to remove tomato's seeds on my own! Great help!
              Oct. 13, 2010 11:43 am
              is this why they call the tomato the love apple, look at step 6 look like a peace sign
              Feb. 12, 2011 2:23 pm
              to de-seed cherry or small tomatoes, an Italian native, gave me this trick: Squeeze tomato under water (bowl or sink full), he was adept at getting them to squirt me, and have a good laugh, and of course another glass of wine. It works!
              Jul. 23, 2011 6:03 am
              Thanks for the great tip.
              Oct. 11, 2011 8:32 pm
              Seeding Tomatoes: Who knew ? See, you can teach an old dog new tricks.Great information. Thank you..appreciate it.
              Feb. 11, 2012 1:28 am
              I use a grapefruit spoon to remove seeds from various vegetables etc. It has a very nice double-sided serated edge on it. Better than a teaspoon or tablespoon!
              Mama Rose 
              Aug. 23, 2012 11:05 am
              So simple and so easy. Yes, when the teacher appears..the students will listen. Many thanks.
              Sep. 20, 2012 4:06 pm
              What is the reason for seeding tomato's? I cook and eat seeds raw. Are they bad for you?
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