Irene knocked our socks off today with her trick for slicing a bunch of cherry tomatoes. She shares her secret: “We’re smack dab in the middle of tomato season, and I love being able to pick up pints of fresh cherry tomatoes and adding them to my dishes – they’re colourful, bite-sized, and have a burst of juicy sweetness that you just can’t get from regular tomatoes. But slicing each tomato in half can sometimes get a bit labour intensive. Through my travels in various kitchens, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade and this is one of my favourite tips – a quick and easy way to halve your cherry tomatoes: 1. Place one lid on a flat surface, with the lip pointing up – this will keep your cherry or grape tomatoes from rolling off. 2. Put as many tomatoes in the lid as you can in one even layer. 3. Place the second lid on top of the tomatoes, with the lid pointing down. This will secure your tomatoes between the lids. 4. Using your free hand to hold the top lid in place, take a long-bladed knife and slice between the two lids, through the tomatoes. 5. Voila! Perfectly halved cherry tomatoes ready in seconds.” Thanks Irene! Check out our September issue for some great tomato recipes.
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