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A Hack for Slicing Cherry Tomatoes

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: We're re-running one of our all-time favorite kitchen hacks -- now with snazzy new photos!

Cherry Tomatoes on Food52

Slicing cherry tomatoes individually can be kind of time-consuming. While we're never opposed to just eating them whole, sometimes you've got to slice into them. Here's a quick tip for halving handfuls of cherry tomatoes at a time, using a few things you probably have lying around your kitchen. 

If you've got any other tips or tricks for dealing with tomatoes, share them with us in the comments!

More: Learn more about cherry tomatoes and their tomato brethren here.

Prep Slicing Cherry Tomatoes on Food52

First, you need two lids from plastic containers. Set one on your counter, right side-up, and fill it with a single layer of tomatoes. Place the other on top, upside-down.

Slicing Cherry Tomatoes on Food52

Hold the top lid to keep everything in place, and carefully slice through the tomatoes with a serrated knife

More: Use your freshly sliced cherry tomatoes to make crispy oven-dried tomatoes and garlic.

Halved Cherry Tomatoes on Food52

And that's it: instantly halved cherry tomatoes. Now go enjoy the rest of tomato season. 

Photos by James Ransom

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Tags: Kitchen Confidence, how-to, hack, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, slicing, how-to & diy

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4 months ago German

excellent

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4 months ago sjo

not quite the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Appreciate the damn tomato and slice it one tomato at a time. Who can possibly be in this much of a rush?

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4 months ago trvlnsandy

but, for a salad, you might want to slice grapes in half - an this would likely work for them, and if you're slicing a large number of cherry tomatoes for a salad or stir fry - this is a nifty trick, sounds like to me. I don't often have the reason to do so, but would try this if I did have call. Although -- might take as long to find the lids as the time saved ;D

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4 months ago tucsonbabe

Use the plastic screw tops from Glad round containers. They are deeper, sturdier and slide around less. You can apply a good deal of pressure so tomatoes of different sizes will work. Remember to save the tops when the containers crack.

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4 months ago Lookelucy

This is great way to slice. We love fruit salad, instead of chopping all of those big grapes we use 2 salad plates instead of using plastic lids. Just keep pressure on the top plate as you pass the knive thru, keeps those lil' suckers in place.

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4 months ago reneej

So cool! WOW! what a timesaver! Why didn't I think of this before?

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4 months ago trvlnsandy

you could actually use it, I would think, for a variety of round fruits and veggies - small potatoes, grapes, .... are there others?

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4 months ago AntoniaJames

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Small potatoes if they're cooked . . . but not if they're raw. Grapes, yes, if they are large enough not to be enclosed by the rims of the lids. Kumquats, e.g., for marmalade, probably. ;o)

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4 months ago AntoniaJames

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This was one of the first hacks published on Food52 a few years ago. It's a good one; I've used it many times. May I add a tip for getting the best results? To get the best results, one should use tomatoes that are all about the same size. We can only buy cherry and grape tomatoes by the basket at nearly all of the stores and markets in this area, so it's important to pick your baskets with that in mind. Some include a wide range of sizes, especially the colorful baskets with several types of tomatoes. I use this method a lot, especially since trying this marvelous appetizer (which I've now made several times in the past few months), a real "hidden gem" here on Food52: https://food52.com/recipes... ;o)

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4 months ago Regine

Brilliant. Gotta try this trick next time I do one of my most favorite FOOD52 recipes.
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9 months ago Denise Rambo

Those are not cherry tomatoes ... They're grape tomatoes.

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about 1 year ago Chris Gaugler

I'm so excited! Have to go home tonight and slice some up for dinner. Thanks for the tip!

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about 1 year ago Travler2130

This is brilliant!!!! Love the tip about slicing grapes this way too.

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about 1 year ago suz

...thank-u sooo much on sharing this tip--I'll never look at tomatoes the same when it comes to chasing those little guy's around to half them-clever-clever!!

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about 1 year ago Kathy Cooks

So brilliant! Thanks a bunch

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over 2 years ago LauriL

Thank you again to all the people who have curiosity and take the time to ponder ....what if!!!!!!

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over 2 years ago NunnGirl

Love this!!

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over 2 years ago Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

this is amazingly brilliant!!! thank you for sharing.

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over 2 years ago annemax

I saw this a while ago and tried it. By the time I found the two lids, lined up the tomatoes and cut them, it was pretty much the same as doing them individually (and you have the lids to wash too). Maybe you guys are doing a lot more at a time then I am?

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about 2 years ago Dr.Insomnia

Next time you'll know which lids to use. You don't need to line up the tomatoes, just fill the lid. Why wash the lids? Tomato juice is 99% water; a brief rinse is all they need, or negligible space in a dishwasher.

One slice through. Safer than slicing individual tomatoes, too, since it's hard to do them quickly without being a little unsafe.

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over 2 years ago Canebrake

When I read the heading to this tip, I thought: this is ridiculous, what could I possibly learn about slicing cherry tomatoes? Fortunately, I love cherry tomatoes with my sautéed crow.

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about 2 years ago TXExpatInBKK

Love it! Your comment made me laugh out loud!

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over 2 years ago Waitillastminute

Brilliant!

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over 2 years ago Waitillastminute

Brilliant!