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okay, I know that this is going to sound odd, and there are going to be a million little italian nona’s cursing my name, but I think I just figured out the fastest way to core roma tomatos for sauce.

I just picked up a new 3/4 inch spade bit for a project I was about to finish… I will post that one next week too, and I noticed that the bit was the same size as a tomato core. I washed the bit and put it in my cordless drill. I held the tomato over the sink, set the point of the bit in the middle of the core… and with one tap, the core was gone. I just finished dealing with 50 pounds of tomatos in under one hour ( a job that used to take all afternoon.

I can’t tell you how fast and clean it was.

My wife thinks I am nuts for admitting this in public, but I just thought I would share the idea and if nothing else a chuckle.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#1 posted 09-14-2008 03:12 AM

Well, why not? Ya might wanta invest in a stainless steel bit, though. That tomato juice could taste kinda funny.

-- I ain't lost. People are always tellin me where to go.........

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#2 posted 09-14-2008 03:47 AM

We want pictures! :o)

Seriously, wasn’t it really messy? It sounds like if you are not careful enough or your attention slips for a second, the splash can attain disastrous proportions.

Just one thing though: Tomato juices are very acidic so you’d better take care of that bit and clean it and oil it well afterwards if you wanna keep it for a long time… And to your wife, tell her not to worry, I’m pretty sure we all here have similar tales that we could share.

Just accept it: You can’t put together a man and some tools and don’t expect something crazy to happen anytime…

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 04:51 AM

Watch out, Alton Brown!

Can’t wait to see the pix!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-14-2008 04:56 AM

Without seeing it in action, I wonder where my tomato-holding hand would be relative to that spinning bit? Maybe it was spinning really slowly?

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#5 posted 09-14-2008 05:19 AM

fast sure, but clean?... well maybe cleaner than using your fingers.

I did two small batches last week – prob 6+ pounds of Romas, but it felt like it took quite a while… You definatly have me beat on time!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 09-14-2008 05:59 AM

The kitchen always needs… MORE POWER!!!!


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#7 posted 09-14-2008 07:03 AM

I didn’t take any pics, but I will stage some pics for your curiousity. It wasn’t messy at all. I think it was actually less messy than using a knife or grapefruit knife. I just held the tomato over the sink and clean up was a snap. I would set the point of the bit in the middle of the core and just tap the trigger a couple of times. It leaves a perfect 1/2 inch deep hole and the core comes out as little shreds much like saw dust.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#8 posted 09-14-2008 07:54 AM

I have a blender ‘bit’ that i use to mix cakes and cookies with my cordless drill, more power and better battery life makes mixing so much easier!

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#9 posted 09-14-2008 01:21 PM

Was it a 14.4 or 18v drill ? Might get a little heavy after a while.

I bet one of those little lith\ion screw drivers would be less tiring.

Better yet . . . bring the tomatos out to the shop and insert the bit into the lathe or drill press. Hmmmmm

Hey . . . Im just letting my creative juices fly. :-)

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#10 posted 09-14-2008 01:26 PM

Tooltime Taylor look out!! :)

I guess you’d have to be as safety conscious with this as with a knife .. especially after an afternoon of the same task . yikes!

Yes, we want pictures or better yet—a video clip!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 09-14-2008 04:20 PM

That is awesome! I’m sitting here looking at 15+ pounds that we’re going to make into sauce and salsa today… I was going to have to core every one!... you know I’m going to have to try this… lol.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#12 posted 09-15-2008 05:37 PM

Maybe a call to the drill manufacturer could lead to a ‘hole’ new avenue to explore. Lets see, cantaloupe de-seeding, apple de-coring, yes folks, it’s the new CORE-A-MATIC.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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