Knowing how to peel avocados and how to cut avocados are handy skills as the weather warms up. I start topping all sorts of wonderful dishes with Haas avocados (the small dark brown ones) the moment I see fresh blades of grass shooting up in my yard.
Avocados are one of my favorite foods. I love the creamy texture and sense of luxury that comes along with biting into a slice of ripe avocado.
However the riper the avocado, the harder it is to peel and slice them. So today I want to show you how to cut avocados the easy way, and how to remove that pesky pit.
The first step is to pick the right avocado.
I like to buy mine a couple days ahead, picking avocados that are firm but not brick-hard, and are dark greenish-brown. Then I let them ripen on the counter top for another day or so before cutting.
When selecting avocados, don’t squeeze! You could bruise half the pile, trying to choose the right avocado. Instead, lightly touch the skin to test for texture. You can also pop off the stem and check for a bright green color underneath.
If you have to use the avocado the day you buy it, try to find one that is slightly soft, but not mushy, and very even in color.
How to Cut Avocados
First run your knife lengthwise, around the pit. Carefully hold the avocado and rotate it around the blade.
Then twist and open the avocado.
Now carefully tap the pit with the blade, so that it sinks into the pit.
Twist your knife and the pit should pop out. Use the heel of your hand to tap the pit off the blade into the trash.
To Cut Cubes: Gently cut parallel slices through the flesh, right in the avocado peel.
Then turn the avocado 45 degrees and cut perpendicular slices, making a grid pattern.
Using both hands, press the back peel of the avocado to invert the avocado half. Most of the avocado chunks with fall out. Use your finger, or a spoon, to remove the rest.
To Cut Slices: Use a large spoon to scoop closely around the inside of the peel to release the avocado flesh in one piece.
Then cut through the flesh in parallel slices.
Use the avocado immediately so it doesn’t brown.