[CnD] How to Cut and Peel an Avocado

Mike and Jenna schwaltze at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 13:17:27 EDT 2015

How to Cut and Peel an Avocado 


Prep time: 1 minute






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1 Grip the avocado gently on one side with one hand. With a large, sharp
knife in the other hand, cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Open
the two halves to expose the pit.




2a At this point there are a few ways you can proceed to remove the pit from
the avocado half that has the pit. One way is to make another cut,
lengthwise on the avocado half that has the pit, cutting around the pit,
exposing it so that it is easier to remove. You can also use a spoon to
scoop out the pit.




2b Another method is a bit tricky, as you'll see. This method is very
popular, but you must be careful lest you cut your hand. For safety, fold up
a kitchen towel and use that to hold the avocado half with the pit. Gently
tap the pit with a knife with enough force so that the knife edge wedges
into the pit, but not so hard as to cut all the way through it. I generally
just tap it very gently a few times, each with increasing pressure, until a
cut is made in the pit sufficiently to twist the pit out. Getting the
pressure just right takes a little practice. 




With the edge of the knife, twist the pit out of the avocado and discard.


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3a At this point, you can either scoop out the avocado flesh with a spoon
(for making guacamole), or slice the avocado into segments. To make it more
easy to scoop out the avocado flesh, take a small dinner knife and gently
make cuts in the avocado flesh in a cross-hatch pattern, careful not to
break through the avocado peel. Then use a spoon to easily scoop out the
avocado pieces. If you are making guacamole, don't worry about slightly
discolored or brownish sections. Scoop them up with the rest of the avocado
to mash.




3b To make avocado slices, use a knife to slice the inside of the avocado
halves into sections. Don't worry if you cut right through the peel.


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4 Use your fingers to separate the avocado segments from the peel.



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