How to deal with basic kitchen and prep tasks such as slicing vegetables - Dice a Tomato
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Hi, my name is Robert Nasser from Dinner Done. We’re talking today about basic vegetable prep. And one of the things we’re going to cover is how to dice a tomato. When you’re looking for tomatoes, one thing you should always look for is that it is free of blemishes that it feels firm to the touch and quite frankly try to get the reddish tomatoes out there because those have the most flavor. First thing you do, wash your tomato well. They could be covered in dirt. They could be covered in sand. You don’t want that, you definitely don’t what that. Cool or cold running water is the way to go with a vegetable like a tomato.
What you’re going to need is a cutting board with a towel underneath it so that your cutting broad doesn’t move around, and a nice sharp knife. Now when you’re dealing with a tomato, I’m sure that some of you have tried to cut tomatoes with a dull knife before and you know that that’s a terrible, terrible experience. That is why a very sharp knife is the safest instrument in the kitchen because it does cut and it doesn’t slip all over the place.
Now, we’ll get down to dicing the tomato. First thing you’re going to do is set the tomato down with the stem side down so that it doesn’t move too much on you. Take and make slight cuts not all the way through in one direction. After you’ve got your cuts all the way across the tomato, you’re going to then make cuts at a 90-degree angle so turn it 90 degrees and make the same type of cuts again. You can make the size of the cuts as big as you want the chunks or dices of tomato to be.
Set the tomato on its side and cut straight down. Grasp it firmly and cut it straight down to make your dices. You’re not going to go all the way thorough or all the way across I should say. When you get to the point where your incisions have stopped, you can then set aside what you’ve diced so far and then continue cutting it like so to finish dicing through the tomato. The central part where the stem was, you’re going to discard. This part right here, you don’t really need. And that is how you dice tomatoes.