BITING into a fresh piece of tomato brings a rush of flavors: juicy, sweet, tangy, and natural.
Chopping tomatoes, however, is a different story: mushy and messy.
When it comes to the red fruit, many kitchen amateurs struggle to find a proper chopping technique that keeps the tomato in good shape.
One TikToker, cooking pro @AbbyInTheGalley, shared a few tips to get it right.
The chef said that the kind of knife you use will make all the difference.
“You’re either going to need a really sharp chef’s knife, like my awesome Kuma knife, or a serrated knife,” Abby said.
“The whole goal is to not smush the tomato.”
Step one is to core the tomato: “So to core the tomato, I’m just going to grip up on my knife and make a circular cut around the core.”
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While gripping the top of the knife, Abby made a relatively shallow incision around the top stem of the tomato and pulled it out.
The chef then cut the tomato in half lengthwise.
“Here’s the first way to dice a tomato: cut the tomato into even sheets,” Abby said, while slicing down the middle of one of the tomato halves (lengthwise again).
“Then slice it one way, and then slice it the opposite way, and it should come out into small, diced pieces.”
The second method involves what Abby called “de-seeding the tomato.”
“Cut the whole tomato into quarters: Take your knife, and just run it along the base of the seeds—or you can even just pull it out with your fingers,” the chop-master said, while removing the soft part that makes up the middle of the tomato.
“Then, you’ll be left with a little tomato petal.
“So same process: make slices one way, and then the opposite way.”
The tomato cubes were clean and even– a kind of mastery most of us hope to achieve.
Viewers have come to rely on Abby and appreciate the skills they learn from these TikTok lessons:
“You make me feel so much better about learning to cook. I really appreciate you making these videos,” one person commented.
“I never would have thought of a serrated knife. I’m definitely doing that next time!” said another.
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