Here’s the deets on navigating an avocado.
- Avocado – as many as needed
- Start by washing the outside of the avocado (you don’t know where this thing has been…).
- Dry it off with a towel (you don’t want it to slip out of your hands).
- Holding the avocado in your non-dominant hand, use a sharp knife to cut into the avocado vertically in middle (the knife will hit the large pit in the middle, and “roll” the fruit so that you are able to cut all the way around the pit, leaving two halves still attached.
- Twist the two halves in opposite directions to release one half from the pit.
- Holding the half with the pit still attached, carefully (for the love of all things wonderful, don’t cut yourself) strike the pit with your knife blade so that it lodges into the pit.
- With the blade securely wedged into the pit, turn the knife clockwise of counter-clockwise to twist the pit out of the second half. Yay! You’re pit-free!
- Holding one half in your non-dominant hand, use a knife to slice 1/2″-width length-wise slices (or whatever width you need), careful not to cut through the skin (maybe hold it in place on a cutting board as opposed to in your hand – that way you can’t blame me if you cut yourself).
- If you make the middle cut all the way through the skin, it’s easier to pop the flesh off of the skin. I typically just pull the skin back with my hand rather than using a spoon or some other tool. Double yay!
- This is the same idea as the slices, but this time do NOT cut through the skin, and cut both length and width-wise. Again, 1/2″ or whatever size you want.
- Now push the skin from the outside, forcing it to be inside-out. This will pop the avocado cubes off. It doesn’t always push out that easily, but I’ll just use my thumb or a spoon to pop the flesh free. Nailed it!