Learn how to chop tomatoes like a ninja*.
You will need:
to take basic safety precautions. Knives are sharp and can cut you, particularly if you're pretending to be a ninja. Mind your fingers, and remember: it's much safer to use a sharp knife than a blunt one. The sharp knife will go where you expect it to go
* No ninjas were consulted during the making of this Instructable
Step 1: The Brief
Tomatoes are big, red, juicy and delicious. Except the stalk, and the woody bit where the stalk goes into the tomato.
If you're slicing tomatoes for a sandwich, this is fine, as you slice most of it off when you slice the top off, but if you want to chop lots of tomatoes quickly for a pasta sauce, or a salsa or as a souring agent in curries, then you need to do something about this woody bit. You don't want to eat that. It's not very tasty.
This Instructable will show you a neat way of removing the woody stalky bit. The best thing about this method is that it takes no extra time or effort at all, just a bit of skill.