What to do with leftover seeds (from de-seeding tomatoes)?
- ipsedixit Mar 1, 2009 01:33 PM
Is there anything that one can do, or use, the leftover seeds and pulp from de-seeding tomatoes (or even cucumbers for that matter)?
Not sure why anyone would bother using the seeded pulpy mass that, because of its being somewhat undesirable, so many recipes recommend removing and discarding. But, if you must, you could toss them into a vegetable stock mix. I suppose, if you had enough of them to justify bothering with, you could run them through a food mill for whatever pulp there might be, but I'm not sure I'd want to invest the necessary time to obtain the meager potential results.
If you have enough of them you might also include them in a "veggie shake" (think Jamba Juice) and strain it.
the seeds are lovely. people are using them now, if kept intact w/ the gloopy pulp, in appetizers, like vegetable caviar...
that said - i pretty much never de-seed them anyway
To thew's point, I've had them served as tomato caviar 'floating' in sauce. Since I grow tomatoes and make sauce or freeze them whole (seeded and peeled), I usually have tons of seeds and pulp. A few years ago, I tried making a sauce of it but it was bitter and all my 'correcting' and reducing led to an obscene mess. I guess I'll try it again this year but will see if seeding will make a difference.
For now they and cucumber seeds will end up in the compost pile.
shaogo is correct, the seeds are often bitter when cooked, particularly at higher temperatures or for longer amounts of time, that's why many recipes call for them to be removed.
You could always compost them, if you have a garden. Or if you know anyone who has chickens, they'd probably love to eat them. My sister feeds her chickens watermelon rinds, bug infested vegetables from her garden, kitchen scraps, etc. (in addition to their regular balanced chicken feed) and they love 'em, slurp 'em all up.