A top chef has delighted fans with a simple hack to cut a whole tomato in less than five seconds.
New Zealand chef Andy Hearnden said you can easily slice tomatoes if you place them between two lids and then run a sharp knife through.
Andy is a head chef at Kilcoy Global Foods in Queensland and known for his cooking tips, which have attracted more than three million TikTok fans.
Alongside the ‘game-changing’ tomato hack, he shared four other kitchen secrets to make cooking easy and quick.
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Queensland-based chef Andy Hearnden (chef) revealed five cooking secrets, including how to cut a whole bunch of tomatoes in less than 5 seconds
The top chef advised placing the tomatoes between two lids and then running a sharp knife through. Andy demonstrated the hack and was left with perfectly halved tomatoes
“If you need to cut a lot of cherry tomatoes, put them between two lids or two plates, and cut them through with a sharp knife,” he said.
He advised his followers to place a plate or lid on the table, put all the tomatoes on it and then press another plate or lid on top and cut through the tomatoes while holding the plate or lid down.
His other tip was to ‘always’ use a scale for baking, rather than cups.
“When you measure, especially for baking, you use the weight in grams and kilograms. It’s so much more accurate and you’ll get much better results, he said.
He also advised home cooks to always crack eggs on a flat surface, rather than the side of a bowl, to reduce the risk of eggshells entering the egg.
His fourth tip was to use a thermapen when cooking meat, these thermapen cost around $100 can be inserted into the food to check the temperature.
Andy (pictured with his girlfriend) is known on social media for sharing foodie tips and tricks
“Take the guesswork out of preparing meat. You use one of these, you know it’s cooked to the temperature you like or it’s not cooked right,” advised Andy.
His last tip was to always keep the knives as sharp as possible.
“It’s safer, more efficient and makes cooking a lot easier,” he said.
The chef suggested using a knife sharpener and sharpener or knife sharpener.
His followers appreciated the helpful tips, especially the cherry tomato hack.
“That cherry tomato is brilliant! thanks, buddy!’ said a man.
“The cherry tomato helps me so much,” commented one woman.
“Excellent tip boss,” wrote another.
The chef’s five best kitchen secrets:
1. If you are going to cut a bunch of cherry tomatoes, place them between two lids or two plates, and cut a sharp knife through
2. Always use a scale for baking rather than cups as it is more accurate
“When measuring, especially for baking, use scales in grams and kilograms. It is much more accurate
3. Crack eggs on a flat surface rather than the side of a bowl to reduce the risk of eggshells entering the egg
4. Use a thermapen when cooking meat to check the temperature and know if it is cooked properly
5. Keep knives as sharp as possible for cooking. Sharpen with a knife sharpener and sharpener or knife sharpener