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Learn how to peel, peel and cut an avocado to use in your favorite healthy recipes. There are also some tips and tricks that will show you how to know if an avocado is ripe and how to save it for later.
How to cut an avocado
Ohhhh … avocados, with their creamy, smooth and velvety texture and delicious flavor.
When I met my husband, he was not a huge avocado fanatic. He also didn't know anything about how to bone, peel, cut, or even select them at the grocery store.
But after spending 4 years in San Antonio and having a husband who DEVOUTES them, I also quickly fell in love. After all, this delicious fruit comes from Mexico, so we get some of the BEST avocados here in Texas!
Avocados are by far one of the top 10 items that now appear regularly on our weekly shopping list.
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If we are not adding them to a Prawn Ceviche, or covering Migas Tacos with them, then we are making a large batch of homemade Guacamole once they are overripe.
So you better think I learned quickly how to chop, peel and cut an avocado. And soon you will too!
What is an avocado?
Avocados are technically a fruit since they are a "Berry" of a single seed.
However, they are tasty enough for some to consider more vegetable.
They are almost entirely made up of monounsaturated fat And make a great, low carb, creamy addition to your favorite dishes.
Avocados have a relatively tough outer shell called "skin"You definitely don't want to eat. Often you can also find others with a "stem"
Once an avocado is cut in half, you will see a large brown seedor "water well", surrounded by a bright green edible meat.
Selection of ripe avocados
When selecting avocados at the grocery store there is a three things you want to look for to choose the best:
- Firmness – Avocados are best to eat when slightly softened, but not completely soft. You will want them to sag a little when you apply firm but gentle pressure. Buy slightly harder and less ripe avocados if you plan to use them a few days after purchase.
- Stem – A quick trick that I like to use to confirm the maturity of an avocado is to peel the stem. If there is a beautiful green underneath and the stem is easily peeled, the avocado is ripe and ready to eat.
- Colour – Avocados with darker skin are generally ripe and ready to eat. Lighter, greener avocados can usually use a few more days to fully ripen.
Removing the hole
The process to cut an avocado is quite simple and consists of the following steps:
- Slice the avocado along until you feel the knife hit the hole.
- Turn the avocado on its side and rotate it while cutting it in half with the knife.
- Turn the two halves to separate them once the avocado is completely cut in the middle.
- Strike carefully the hole with your knife to get it out.
- Turn the hole until it loosens and pulls up.
- Remove and pressing the hole from the unsharpened side of the knife with your thumb and index finger.
Cut into slices or cubes
From this point you can cut the avocado into slices or cubes.
You will have to be very careful when doing this so that your knife does not slip and cut the skin of the avocado.
- For slices, use a smaller kitchen knife to cut thin slices of avocado.
- For cubesCut slightly thicker strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
- Rotate the avocado 90 degrees and cut additional slices 1/2 inch wide.
- Once you have finished your slices / cubes, simply scoop them out with a large spoon.
If you are a little intimidated by holding the avocado and slicing it at the same time, there is an alternative method you can use.
- Once the avocado is cut in half and the pit is removed, cut each half in half lengthwise.
- Remove and discard the skin from each room.
- Place the avocado cut side down on a cutting board and cut into thin slices or cubes.
It is best to use freshly cut and diced avocado immediately after cutting.
But suppose you have half an avocado left and you want to store it for later.
Once an avocado is cut, its meat will start to brown due to a process called oxidation. (It's a fancy word for avocado to be exposed to the air!)
The best way to store cut avocados is to wrap them in a piece of plastic wrap and press the casing down so that it has full contact with its surface. You can store cut avocado in the refrigerator this way for up to 2 days.
Use avocado in a homemade guacamole, vegan avocado pesto, or serve slices over roasted cauliflower tacos.
You can also make avocado toast with some roasted cherry tomatoes, or just eat it with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil.
How to cut an avocado
Learn how to easily peel, pit, and slice an avocado to use in your favorite healthy recipes. There are also some tips and tricks that will show you how to tell if an avocado is ripe and how to store it for later.
Once the avocado is cut in half and the pit is removed, cut each half in half lengthwise.
Remove and discard the skin from each room.
Place the avocado cut side down on a cutting board and cut into thin slices or cubes.