If you are a regular Tomato grower, they are already a major part of your cooking.
Growing your own Tomatoes is a luxury; in fact, I believe if you have never tasted a homegrown Tomato, you haven’t eaten a real Tomato.
Tomatoes are used in several recipes from different cuisines, and the seeds can change the taste and texture.
There are several ways to get rid of the seeds, and I’m sharing all of them with you in this article.
How to Seed a Tomato?
The easiest method to seed a Tomato is by cutting it in half and removing the seeds using a knife. You can squeeze the tomato as well, but this can damage the flesh of your Tomatoes. If you are planning to dice the Tomatoes after seeding, cut the petals or divide them into four parts.
What Tomato Seeding is
Seeding is commonly mentioned in food recipes, and it’s closely related to the texture of your recipe.
Seeding is performed for the following reasons:
- Some people have trouble digesting Tomato seeds or they cannot eat the seeds due to medical reasons.
- People dislike the taste of flavorless white parts, and the seeds themselves are bitter.
- The protective gel sacs contain a lot of moisture, so adding them to your dish can make it soggy. The extra moisture and seeds will change the texture of the final product.
Seeding is a simple process used to get rid of the liquid gel sacs and seeds found attached to the Tomatoes.
These sacs are transparent and flavorless. In fact, they reduce the original Tomato flavor in most recipes.
Before starting the seeding, gently rinse your Tomatoes in clean water and dry them.
Different Methods for Seeding Tomatoes
Cutting in Half
The first method is clean and keeps most of the fleshy parts.
I use this method whenever I’m making Stuffed Tomatoes. You will need a plate, spoon, and a knife for this method.
- Place your Tomato on a kitchen counter or cutting board and cut it in half using a sharp knife.
- Using a small spoon, empty the cavities by removing the seeds and white gel sacs.
If you have a large number of Tomatoes for seeding, this method is ideal.
It’s fast, but it can crush the flesh of your Tomatoes. Don’t use it if you’re preparing the Tomatoes for a salad.
You’ll need a bowl for this method.
- Cut your Tomato in half with a sharp knife.
- Squeeze the flesh to take out the seeds and the gel.
- Make sure you do this gently. Otherwise, your Tomato will become very mushy.
- Repeat this process for all your Tomatoes.
Cutting Petals or Wedges
- Place your Tomato on a cutting board and cut the bottom part.
- Now start cutting slices to create a C shape or a petal.
- The petal number varies depending on the Tomato’s size. But cut close to the flesh.
- In the end, you will be left with the middle part of the Tomato that contains all the seeds and gel sacs.
Cutting in 4 parts
The last method is great for salad Tomatoes.
You won’t ruin your tomatoes’ appearance while seeding with this method.
- Cut the Tomato into 4 equal parts.
- Separate the seed cavities and seeds from the red flesh using the knife.
Reusing the Seeds to Grow Tomatoes
If you want to regrow Tomatoes from seeds, you should always start them indoors. You can keep your seed pots in a greenhouse or a sunny location in your apartment.
Monitor the last frost date in your area because the seeds should be started 6-8 weeks before this date.
Keep in mind that the seeds require about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) soil temperature.
But, don’t make the soil temperature fall below the 60 degrees Fahrenheit mark.
Fill half of your pot with the chosen potting mixture. Then, put the seeds in the middle while pouring the remaining mixture.
Sprinkle water regularly to keep the soil moist. Watering helps in establishing the seed-to-soil contact.
Avoid having soggy soil as it can cause the seeds to rot.
After the seeds have sprouted, place the pots in a sunny location where they bathe in sunlight for at least 4 hours in the day.
If natural sunlight is unavailable, you can consider germinating the seeds under LED grow lights.
Remember, warmer temperatures allow for faster germination of your tomato seedlings.
You can use the help of heating mats to increase the temperature for the seeds if the normal room temperature is not warm enough.
As soon as the germination begins, cover the seeds with a plastic sheet to keep them warm.
Timing is important for this; otherwise, your seeds can fall prey to fungal infection due to moist air.
When you have multiple seedlings in a single pot, you have to perform thinning. During this, you get rid of the weak seedlings with scissors.
You can start fertilizing these baby plants once they have grown the true leaves.
Don’t be confused by the term true leaves; the first two leaves are seed leaves, and the next two leaves are true leaves.
Fertilize with a starter fertilizer diluted at half strength. Anything too strong can burn the delicate seedlings.
Once the root system is established, and the young seedlings have developed few leaves, your Tomatoes are ready to move to the garden.
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Seed a Tomato
Will I lose the flavor in my Tomatoes after seeding?
Most of the Tomato flavor is found in fleshy, red parts. The seed or the gel hardly contributes to the flavor; therefore, getting rid of them will not decrease the flavor.
What should I do with the leftover Tomato seeds?
You can use the middle part and seeds in other food recipes (red sauce, salsa, roasted Tomato soup, etc.) that do not require seeded Tomatoes. If you do not want to use the Tomato seeds in cooking, you can store them for planting them in your garden in the next growing season.
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