Over the years, Tomatoes have been considered both a fruit and a vegetable and have served excellently in both categories. In Pakistan, it is an essential ingredient for most of our dishes. People add tomatoes in salans, sandwiches, fruit and vegetable salads, and even drink tomato juice. And why not? They're delicious, easily available, cheap, and packed with nutrients.
They also have a huge number of health benefits such as cancer prevention, countering skin disease and improving heart health. It also counters the effects of cigarette smoking, manages diabetes, improves sight and aids in digestion.
Juicier tomatoes are denser, while unripe tomatoes feel a little too light. Two senses are to be used strongly to buy the right set of tomatoes. First, use the sense of touch to feel the tomato, if its too hard then put it back and if its too soft then do the same again, pick the one that is mildly soft. Now use the second sense and smell the tomato by the stem, it should have a strong, sweet earthy odor.
Keep the tomatos at a room temperature in a cool dry place away from the sunlight. But if its summers and the atmosphere is heating up then its better to keep them in the fridge in a cold temperature to keep them from going bad. You can also freeze the tomatoes if they’re overripe, again to keep them from going bad, and keep them outside the refrigerator two hours before consumption.
HOW TO CUT TOMATOES
Here’s a visual step-by-step guide on how to cut Tomatoes:
Step one: Add water in the pot
Step two: Bring it to a boil
Step three: Add tomatoes in the water
Step four: Blanch for 20 seconds
Step five: Peel the skin off
Step six: Cut the top off
Step seven: Cut into halves
Step eight: Cut into wedges
Step nine: Remove seeds
Step ten: Cut into Julienne strips
Step eleven: Make a bunch, roughly chop it
Step twelve: Chop it finely now
And there you have it, the perfectly chopped Tomatoes now. Keep practicing and someday you’ll be cooking tomato puree.