How to Core and Seed Tomatoes

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How to Core and Seed Tomatoes

Yesterday, I showed you how to peel tomatoes. Today, let’s look at how to core and seed tomatoes. It’s a skill you’ll need, if you want to make your own salsa or tomato sauce.

Let’s get started!

How to Core and Seed Tomatoes

Total Time:

10 mins

What You Do:

Cut Around the Tomato Stem at a 45 Degree Angle

Cut around the stem of a peeled tomato, angling your knife in at a 45 degree angle as you cut.

Removing the Tomato Core

Then, use your fingers to pop out the stem and the core.

Cutting Tomato in Half at the Equator

Now, turn the tomato on its side, and cut it in half.

Tomato Halves

Seeded Tomato

Scoop out the seeds and any remaining core (the white part). You can use a spoon to do this, but I find it’s faster to use my fingers. Don’t worry about getting every last seed out, if a few get left behind, it won’t hurt anything.

Closeup of Seeded and Cored Tomatoes

And that’s all there is to coring and seeding a tomato. Repeat the process with the rest of your tomatoes. Then, get busy making tasty things, like salsa, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes.

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  1. coring with a knife is ok, but as a past prep cook let me suggest that you get a tomato shark. It is basically a tiny spoon with serrated edges that can be used to scoop the core right out, usually without disturbing the seed chambers. Your recipe is similar to mine, but thanks for posting. The more people with skills we have the better!

    1. A food mill will work to core and seed tomatoes for some recipes (like sauce or paste), but it won’t work if you’re canning a tomato product like whole peeled tomatoes or diced tomatoes, since you want the tomatoes to be intact.

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