Tomatoes make a delicious side dish, whether they're made into a dip or served as a salad. However, before cooking tomatoes, you must first chop them. It's easy to master the basic skills of cutting tomatoes. Once you have the tofu, you can cut the tomatoes into cubes or lengthwise. If the tomatoes you are using are very small, such as grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, you can use two lids to cut them all at once. Just remember to wash the tomatoes before cutting!
Method 1 of 4: Slicing Tomatoes
Step 1. Cut the core of the tomato with a fruit knife
Place the tomatoes on a cutting board with the stalks facing up. Cut the area around the tomato stalks to a depth of 2-3 cm in a circular shape. Remove the core of the tomato by pulling or scooping it out.
The tomato peeler is shaped like a spoon with a pointed tip. If you have one, use this tool to dig around the stem and pull it out
Step 2. Turn the tomatoes over
The empty core of the tomato should be facing left or right. This position will help you get pretty tomato slices.
Step 3. Hold the tomato with your fingers folded inward
This position will prevent you from slashing the knife while slicing the tomatoes. Grasp the empty end of the core. When cutting, the blunt edge of the blade should gently touch the knuckles.
Step 4. Slice the tomatoes with a small serrated knife
Start at the end opposite the tomato core. Make slices by cutting the tomatoes about 1 cm from the ends.
Even if you can use a sharp knife, a small-toothed knife is better because it will prevent the juice from draining out of the tomato
Step 5. Make slices of the same thickness
You are free to determine the width of the slice. When slicing tomatoes, try to equalize the size of each cut.
When slicing tomatoes, move your fingers slowly back. This will keep your fingers away from the blade
Method 2 of 4: Making Diced Tomatoes
Step 1. Remove the stem and core of the tomato with a fruit knife
Cut the area around the stalk in a circular fashion, then scoop it out with a spoon. You can also use a tomato peeler.
Step 2. Slice the tomatoes
The thickness of your slice will determine the thickness of the dice. A wide cut will produce a large dice, while a thin cut will produce a small dice. Slice the whole tomato until it runs out.
Step 3. Stack 2 or 3 tomato slices at a time
You will cut them at the same time. If you are using very thin slices, you can add more to the pile. You'll probably get 2 or 3 piles of tomatoes when you're done.
Step 4. Cut the stacked tomatoes with a small toothed knife
Make sure you cut up all of the stacked tomatoes. You can start on either side, as long as you're slicing the tomato pieces in the same direction.
Step 5. Chop the tomato pieces
Slice the pieces at a 90-degree angle to make dice. Continue the process until all the pieces from the pile of tomatoes have been sliced perfectly.
Step 6. Repeat the process for the remaining tomato pieces
When you're done slicing the first pile, move on to the second pile. When you're done making the cubes, you can use them as a recipe mix.
Method 3 of 4: Slice Tomatoes Lengthwise
Step 1. Pull the tomato stalk
You don't actually have to clean the tomato stalks thoroughly if you want to cut them lengthwise. If there is a green stalk on the tomato, simply pull it off by hand.
Step 2. Cut the tomatoes in half with a small toothed knife or kitchen knife
Cut the tomatoes in half right in the center of the core (or in the area where the stems are) with a sharp knife.
Step 3. Slice both tomato pieces into quarters
Place the halved tomatoes on a cutting board. Cut each tomato slice right down the middle. This will divide the tomato into four.
Step 4. Slice the tomato pieces in half again
Once you do that, you'll get about 8 tomato slices. If you want smaller pieces, slice the tomatoes in half again. You can keep doing this until you get the size you want.
Method 4 of 4: Slicing Grape Tomatoes or Cherry Tomatoes
Step 1. Find two plastic container covers or plates of the same size
This cover can come from a plastic container, a large yogurt container, or a butter container. If you want to use a plate, look for one that is flat, not concave.
Step 2. Place the chopped tomatoes in the center of the cover or plate
Place the tomatoes on a lid from a container or plate. You can cut as many tomatoes as you want. However, make sure the tomatoes are lined up in a row. Place another container cover on top when it's ready.
Step 3. Place one hand on the top of the container during this process
Press slowly. You must prevent the tomatoes from shifting, but not crush them.
Step 4. Slice the pinched tomatoes with a small toothed knife
When cutting the tomato that is in the middle of the lid, move the knife back and forth as if you were sawing something. Do this slowly and keep one hand pressing the lid of the container at the top. Once the knife reaches the other side, the tomatoes are ready to be used to complete your recipe.
- Before cutting, keep the tomatoes at room temperature to preserve the taste.
- A sharp knife works better for cutting tomatoes than a dull knife.