How to Slice a Tomato Without Crushing It

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Tomatoes are one of the most common vegetable garden plants in the U.S. If you're devoting energy this summer to caring for a tomato plant, don't waste your hard work by cutting the ripe vegetables with the wrong tools. Using the first knife you find in your kitchen to slice a tomato can leave you with a misshapen, pulpy mess, or worse—an injured finger. But if you know what you're doing, you'll end up with even tomato slices that look just as good as they taste.

According to The Kitchn, the best way to slice a tomato is with a serrated knife. Tomatoes are firm on the outside and soft on the inside, so if you try cutting them with a chef's knife, especially one that isn't very sharp, you risk crushing the fruit instead of slicing through that outer layer right way. Serrated knives are designed to "bite" into the surface of foods, which makes them the perfect match for tomatoes. They're also the best knives for slicing bread, another food with an exterior that's tougher than its interior.

In addition to being tough, tomato skins are also smooth—a.k.a. slippery. If your knife isn't sharp enough to penetrate a tomato when you apply pressure, it could slip and potentially slice open your finger. That means a serrated knife is also the safest choice for the job.

To cut a tomato into slices, place it on on a cutting board and hold it on its side. With your fingertips curled under to protect them, sink the serrated blade into the tomato, making gentle back-and-forth motions to saw all the way through it. Repeat until you've prepared the tomato into slices of your desired thickness.

Once you have perfect tomato slices, you can add them to burgers, sandwiches, or dress them with a little salt and olive oil and eat them raw. Here are more tips for optimizing your skills in the kitchen.

[h/t The Kitchn]

A New Jersey Pizzeria Is Using Its Delivery Boxes to Help Find Missing Pets

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You might overlook dozens of “Lost Dog” posters nailed to telephone posts on a weekly basis, but would you miss one pasted to the top of your pizza box? One New Jersey pizzeria owner thinks not.

John Sanfratello, owner of Angelo’s Pizza in Matawan, New Jersey, is asking people from all over the state to send him their lost pet flyers so that he can tape them to his delivery boxes, CBS News reports. The idea occurred to him after his neighbor’s cat went missing: Though that cat has since been found, Sanfratello started to wonder how he could help reunite other lost pets with their owners. Since the pizza was getting delivered around the city anyway, he thought, why not add a message?

One patron of the pizzeria told CBS News she thinks the practice has “triggered a community effort by everyone” to pay a little extra attention to their fellow residents. And Sanfratello’s sister has also adopted the idea for her own pizza shops in Florida.

Angelo’s Pizza is currently spreading the word about two other missing animals: a cat and a Seeing Eye dog in training named Ondrea, who recently escaped her yard while chasing another animal. The German shepherd puppy has been lost for almost four weeks, and her owners said they’ve done everything they could think of—searching the woods, putting up flyers around town, and posting on Facebook—to no avail.

It’s a new spin on the old practice of printing photos of missing children on milk cartons, Sanfratello said. Though that may have fallen out of fashion in the late 1980s, Sanfratello has high hopes for this new partnership between pizza and pet owners.

[h/t CBS News]

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