How to Slice Tomatoes Without Incurring Flesh Wounds

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Aug. 21 2013 3:18 PM

Are You Using the Wrong Knife to Slice Tomatoes?

A video that shows the right tool to use to avoid flesh wounds and seed-spattered clothes.

A ripe, juicy tomato is a summertime treat, but cutting it into bite-size pieces can be a messy process—or even a dangerous one. To avoid getting juice and seeds all over the place (or accidentally stabbing your nondominant hand), you need to use the right tool.

Slate’s food and drink editor walks you through the tomato prep process and explains the benefits of using a serrated knife in the video below.

For more on making the most of tomatoes, check out Slate’s recipe for panzanella.

L.V. Anderson is a Slate assistant editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong.