We're thrilled that field-grown tomato season is finally here on the East Coast. Here's two tools to keep in mind to make sure you can get at all that summery tomato goodness.
We were given this knife as a "cheese knife" from Crate and Barrel (they don't seen to carry it anymore) but once pressed it into service for tomatoes. Now we're hooked and reach for this knife every time we cut a tomato. It is bigger than a paring knife, with a serrated edge like a bread knife ...
The serrated edge helps to get through the tomato's thin skin and all the juice inside without crushing the fruit. A true tomato knife doesn't have the hollow center, but we're flexible.
The bench scraper is also great for working with tomatoes. The edge of the bench scraper can get under all of those tomato bits -- seeds, juice and all -- and move them into the pot or a serving bowl.