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Fresh cantaloupe is a favorite summertime fruit, but removing the seeds can be a mess. It turns out an ice scream scoop isn’t just for ice cream! It also makes quick work of seeding cantaloupe as well as honeydew. In just one swoop you can remove all of the seeds from a melon quickly and cleanly. It works much better than a spoon and saves time and mess.

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The first step is to cut the tomato in half. Most tomatoes should be cut in half around the middle, not from top to bottom. However, if you're seeding Roma tomatoes, you can cut them in half from top to bottom. At this point, you have two options for removing the seeds.

The first option is to gently squeeze the tomato. Be cautious with the amount of pressure you exert when squeezing, otherwise you might destroy the shape of the tomato (which will make dicing more difficult).

Turns out there's no real evidence behind the claim that tomato seeds are bitter, so removing the seeds comes down to an aesthetic choice. Sometimes you just might not want to see tomato seeds in your recipe; this is especially true if you're making salsa, tomato sauce, tomato soup, or gazpacho. But if you're looking for maximum flavor — and the extra pulp and juice from seeds won't make your recipe too soupy — then leave in the seeds!

Two Ways to Seed a Tomato

The second option is to scrape the seeds out of the tomato with a small tool or even with your finger. This option requires more time, but will reserve tomato's shape better than the squeezing method.

But this is about how to remove seeds from a tomato, so let's get on with it.

Option 1: Squeeze

Whether you're using peeled or unpeeled tomatoes, you'll seed them in the same way.

There’s more than one way to remove the seeds from a tomato before you use it in recipes like tomato sauce, tomato soup, and salsa. We’ll guide you through two easy methods.