How to Pit and Cut an Avocado

Learn not just one but two classic cooking-school techniques for cutting and pitting an avocado.

Released on 12/10/2013

Credits

Starring: Kelly Senyei

Transcript

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I'm Kelly Cindy with epicurious.com and this
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is how to pit and cut an avacado.
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Start by using your large chef's knife.
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Place your hand on top of the avocado,
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and then run your knife around the center of it
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just until it touches the pit.
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Next, break the avocado in half.
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Now we're going to remove the large pit.
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Place the avocado in the kitchen towel for safety.
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And then, using your chef's knife,
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lightly tap into the pit.
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Twist, and lift upward.
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Discard the pit.
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Now you're left with two halves.
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And there are two ways you can go about
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getting the flesh out of the avocado.
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The first is just to quarter it.
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And this makes it much easier to peel the avocado.
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Or if you want cubed avocado, use a small pairing knife,
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and make a cross-check pattern within the avocado.
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Then use a large spoon to scoop it out.
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If you aren't going to eat the avocado right away,
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make sure that you cover it with a little bit of
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fresh citrus which is going to prevent it from browning.
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And that's how to pit and cut an avocado.
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For more recipes and tips, head over to epicurious.com.
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