How to Slice, Dice, and Handle an Avocado

Gentle Readers, lean in close, The Practical Cook must confess something. I love avocados. Like deeply, madly, truly. When there was that hot minute where people weren’t eating them because they had fat in them, I would order two. That said, they can be a bit unwieldy to work with in the kitchen. They are slippery, the pit is the pits, and don’t get me started about washing the residue off the cutting board.

So to continue my great love affair with the avocado in a more practical fashion, I took my cue from the fabulous table-side guacamole makers in New York City (I still miss them, sigh). Here’s a step by step guide. Fair warning, you need a sharp knife, and do not cut your hand off. Okay, here we go.

How to Slice, Dice, and Handle an Avocado, The Practical Cook Way

Step 1: Slice around the avocado lengthwise.

An avocado, halved.

An avocado, halved.

Step 2: Twist the two halves apart.

Use your knife to remove the avocado pit by cutting into the pit itself.

Use your knife to remove the avocado pit by cutting into the pit itself.

Step 3: Go all Excalibur on the pit. Be careful, don’t get crazy, but you want to cleave the pit with your knife.

Avocado pit, suspended on a knife. Remove carefully, the most delicate part of the procedure.

Avocado pit, suspended on a knife. Remove carefully, the most delicate part of the procedure.

Step 4: Remove the pit from your knife, not your fingers from your hand. Use a kitchen towel or the edge of the kitchen sink if necessary.

Avocado sliced in the halfshell.

Avocado sliced in the halfshell.

Step 5: Carefully slice or dice your avocado as desired.

Scoop the avocado out with a spoon, leaving peel and mess behind.

Scoop the avocado out with a spoon, leaving peel and mess behind.

Step 6: Scoop out with a spoon.

Wedge Salad Update

Wedge Salad Update

Now feel free to make guacamole, lovely grilled cheese sandwiches, or perhaps a composed salad. Enjoy

How do you free avocados from their bumpy casings? Are you a fan or foe of the avocado? Post a comment below, or Tweet my way!

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