We show you step by step how to choose the best fruit and cut an avocado easily, like an expert. Cutting an avocado can be a bit of a daunting task, how to start, work around the large pit, how do you peel an avo? You don’t want any of that delicious creamy meat to go to waste!
This nutritious food is a super important ingredient in a large variety of savory dishes, from pizza to salads. Learn the easy way to dice or slice and avocado. Perfect slices or cubes, don’t only taste amazing, but look great. See how to cut your avocado perfectly without any waste. Some awesome salads with avo.
How to Ripen an Avocado
Avocados will keep ripening after picked. If you are only going to eat in a couple of days choose a more firm avo and allow to ripen at home at room temperature.
Avocados ripen quicker when stored in a paper bag. This happens because ethylene gas released by the mango triggers ripening and accumulates in the bag.
If you want to speed up the process, put it in a paper bag with a banana. The banana also releases ethylene so ripening is quicker.
How to Cut an Avocado
Whether you want to cut the avo into cubes or slices, we find it the easiest to first cut the fruit in half and remove the pit (seed).
- Cut the Avocado in Half
The avocado must be cut in half along the length. The easiest way to do this is by holding the avocado in the palm of your hand. To be safe you can hold the avocado in a dish cloth. Cut it lengthwise with a chef’s knife around the seed. Cut through the skin and the flesh until the knife hits the seed, carefully rotate the fruit while keeping the knife steady in the middle of the fruit.
2. Separate the Halves
Twist the two halves in opposite directions and separate the halves.
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3. Remove the Pit
An easy way to remove the pit (seed) without mushing some of the flesh is by penetrating the pit with your chef’s knife and lifting the knife out with the pit attached. Hold the avo in a cloth for safety, carefully hit the pit with the blade of the knife, ‘fixing the pit onto the blade’. Remove the pit from the flesh by lifting it out. Carefully dislodge the pit from the blade with a fork.
Cut Avocado into Cubes
1. Cut a Grid Pattern into each Avocado Half
Place one of the avocado halfs on the cutting board. Carefully cut a grid pattern in the flesh by making lengthwise and crosswise cuts in the flesh. Be careful not to cut through the skin.
2. Remove the Avocado Cubes
Remove the cubes from the skin by carefully scooping them out of the skin with a spoon.
How to Slice an Avocado
- Cut the Avocado into Quarters
Place the avocado halves face down on the cutting board. Cut each half down the middle in the length into two quarters.
2. Peel the Avocado Quarters
Peel each quarter by dislodging the peel from the flesh and carefully pulling away.
3. Slice the Avocado
Slice the avocado quarters into neat thin slice downwards on the cutting board with the chefs knife.
How to Cut an Avocado into Cubes.
- 1 Avocado
- Cut the avocado in half along the length around the pit.
- Separate the two halves by twisting the halves in opposite directions.
- Remove the pit from the avocado by penetrating the pit with your chef’s knife and lifting the knife out with the pit attached.
- Carefully cut a grid pattern in the flesh by making lengthwise and crosswise cuts in the flesh.
- Remove the avocado cubes from the skin by carefully scooping them out of the skin with a spoon.
Choose the Best Avocado
There are many different varieties of avocado with different flavors and characters, Hass is the most common and creamiest variety. Other great tasting avocado varieties are Bacon, Fuerte and Pinkerton. You can not go wrong with Hass with its higher fat content and rich, creamy and nutty flavor and texture. Hass has a more oval-shaped and when ripe, dark black purplish color with a bumpy and thick skin.
Pick a ripe avocado by looking at colour, firmness and the stem.
Colour – This depends on variety. Hass avocados turn from green to a purple almost black colour when ripe. If you don’t know the variety focus on firmness and stem.
Firmness – How firm the fruit is should indicate ripeness. Hold the avocado in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze. Ripe fruit would be slightly soft, not too hard or mushy.
Stem – Press on the area near the stem, if it is very soft it is over ripe. Remove the stem, it should come of easy with a green colour underneath, brown colour is to ripe, very light green not ripe enough