How to Remove Seeds from Tomatoes

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy fresh juicy tomatoes in all types of recipes. It's usually not necessary to remove the seeds from tomatoes before using, but for some recipes, seeding the tomatoes can improve food's appearance or eliminate excess moisture.

For instance, it's not important to seed tomatoes -- remove the seeds -- when preparing a tossed salad. But sometimes the dish is more appealing when the seeds are removed such as when making creamy tomato soup which ensures a smooth texture. And using seeded tomatoes when assembling a casserole can prevent it from becoming watery.

To remove the seeds from a tomato, cut the tomato in half horizontally, then remove the stem. Hold the tomato half over a bowl or sink, scrape out seeds with a small spoon or squeeze the tomato to force out the seeds. Then slice or dice as directed in the recipe.

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