Avocados are having a moment, and we hope that moment never ends. There’s no wrong way to eat an avocado. You can mash them onto toast, toss one in a smoothie, or dice one up for a snack or put it in a salad. No matter which way you most enjoy eating one, you probably struggle with slicing them. Fortunately, there’s an easy trick no one told you about.
Most people will cut their avocado lengthwise and in half. This is fine as long as you don’t mind slicing your fingers open. Instead of slicing it lengthwise, cut the avocado in half crosswise around the pit. Cubing the avocado is another slicing method. Depending on what you plan to do with avocado after cutting it will determine if cubing is right for you. Read more in the tips ‘n’ tricks section.
Assuming the avocado is ripe, you will be able to gently twist the avocado open. The pit will pop right out, and your fingers are safe for another day. You can also use a spoon to gently wiggle the put free from the avocado. Use a wide spoon like a soup spoon for best scooping results.
Next, scoop the avocado out of the shell and slice it into rings. Place these on toast, on a sandwich or wrap, in a salad, or eat them as is with a little lemon and salt.
Tips ‘N’ Tricks
Slicing an avocado while still inside the shell will make for easy slicing and dicing. Run a sharp knife over the length of the avocado while it’s in the shell. Next, take a spoon and gently wiggle the flesh of the avocado from the skin. Dump the contents onto the cutting board and throw the avocado into a salad, sandwich, or save some for later.
Be sure to thoroughly wash the avocado before consuming. Even though avocados are one of the top conventional foods to buy and consume, they still need to be cleaned. Dry the freshly cleaned avocados with a dry paper towel or cloth towel. This will also help reduce spreading any dangerous germs or diseases.
Always be mindful of cross-contamination of food. Be sure to slice the avocado on a separate cutting board; away from meat, poultry, and fish.Related: 11 Crazy Avocado Facts You Probably Never Knew
Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on fresh-cut avocado to avoid browning. While browning will occur naturally, lemon juice helps slow the naturally occurring process.