Use a paring knife to carefully cut the stem out of the tomato
Plunge the tomato into boiling water for 15 seconds if ripe, 30 seconds if underripe. Drain the tomato in a colander and place immediately in an ice bath.
Peel back the skin in strips by pinching it between your thumb and a paring knife.
Cut tomato in half crosswise. Hold half in your hand and gently squeeze, removing the seeds with your fingers or a spoon.
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