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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: A hassle-free, speedy way to slice cherry tomatoes. 


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. 

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


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

More: A genius summer pasta with tomato water.

Slicing Cherry Tomatoes on Food52

Halved Cherry Tomatoes on Food52

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

Have any other tips or tricks for dealing with tomatoes? Tell us in the comments!

Photos by James Ransom

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