Carving A Tomato Into A Goldfish

March 22nd, 2010 at 5:38 pm EDT

Watermelon Rose
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What we are carving today:
Tomato Goldfish CarvingTomato Goldfish
What to start with:
Tomato, carrot, cucumber and carving toolsA Roma tomato, a carrot, small piece of cucumber, toothpicks and carving tools.
Step 1:

Step 1 - Carving a Tomato Goldfish

Step One part 2

Cut the Roma tomato in half longways. Divide the tomato skin into 3 even strips by barely breaking the skin with the knife starting from the front (bottom of tomato) and stopping a half inch before you reach the back (top of tomato). Then, one at a time peel the tomato skin off each third of the tomato, making sure to leave enough skin attached so the tail doesn't fall off. Cut a long triangle shape out of all three rear fins as pictured.

Step 2:

step 2 Tomato carvingStep 2 Part 2

Use the smaller of the two U tips and make a hole in the carrot. Next, use the larger of the U tips to mirror the circle just outside of the first one and remove carrot circle. You will need a total of three carrot circles. Use the small U tip and take two small circles out of the cucumber and insert into 2 carrot circles for eyes (carrot circle without cucumber is for mouth). Cut toothpicks in half, use pointy end to pierce back side of carrot piece being careful not to push the toothpick out the front. Arrange eyes and mouth on tomato by inserting other end of toothpick into the tomato to hold it in place.

Step 3:

Step 3 carving fins out of carrot step 3b carvingstep3c carving carrot fins

inserting fin into tomato bodyfinishing the fruit carving

Use a mandolin slicer and cut a long, thin slice of carrot. Cut a one inch piece from the wider end of the carrot slice. Cut this piece in half from corner to corner. Flip both pieces so they are facing the same way and cut the bottom corners off as pictured and discard the small pieces you cut off. Make a small slit in each side of the tomato and insert wider end of fins. You are done!












Tomato Goldfish Carving Tip #1
Pick a tomato that is firm and has no soft spots, this will make cutting and peeling the skin easier with less tearing.
Tomato Goldfish Carving Tip #2
In Step 2, if you do not have a cucumber, you can use a clove to add to the center of the carrot circle eyes.
Tomato Goldfish Carving Tip #3
In Step 3 if you do not have a mandolin slicer, you can use a vegetable peeler to make a thin slice of the center of the carrot by pressing down hard to get as thick of a slice as possible.

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