Monday, August 27, 2012

How to Cut and Peel an Avocado

The other day I came across this thing in the store called an Avocado Peeler. It was the strangest looking thing and I'm not even sure how one would go about using it. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good cooking utensil but some things I just find unnecessary! If you are one of those people who feel a need for an avocado tool, here is an alternative!

First a note on the ripeness of avocados: You can tell an avocado is ripe if the flesh gives a tiny bit when you press it. The riper an avocado is the easier it is to peel. When they are not ripe they are very hard and both the skin and the pit are difficult to remove.

Take your avocado and slice it in half length-wise. Don't do it like this! You'll cut yourself most likely. I only have two hands, however, and needed one to take the picture. This is just to visually show you how to cut it. 

Continue cutting, knowing that an avocado has a large pit in the middle, until you have cut around the entire thing. 

 Twist your two halves of the avocado until they come apart.

Take your knife and carefully chop into the pit. Then take your avocado half and hold it in your hand. With your other hand on the knife twist the two into opposite directions until the pit dislodges itself.

My avocado was not very ripe and the pit was less than willing to leave its avocado. I had to make another slice turning my half into a quarter of an avocado.

I was then able to just pull it out of the quarter.

If your avocado is sufficiently ripe then the skin will literally just pull away from the quarters at this point and you can chop it into any size you see fit. If your avocado is not super ripe cut your quarters into smaller slices, turn them on their sides, and following the shape of the slice cut the flesh from the skin.

Unsure about what to do with your peeled and chopped avocado? How about add it to a delicious corn salsa like the one I've made here.

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