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Video:How to Prepare Avocados

with Rachel Edelman

Do you have difficulty getting your avocados just right? Learn to choose, open and slice avocados.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Prepare Avocados

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman, for About.com Food. Today I'm going to talk about avocados. Avocados are very popular in all kinds of dishes, from appetizers to desserts. I'm going to show you show to step-by-step prepare an avocado.

All you need to get started is a large knife, a small knife, a fork and a large spoon.

Choosing Avocados

An avocado is ripe when it is a dark purple color and soft to the touch. To ripen avocados at home, you can place them in a paper bag with 1 or 2 ripe apples.

Open the Avocado

First rinse the avocado under water. For your first cut, you can either hold the avocado in your hand, or place it on the cutting board. Cut through the center of the avocado until you come in contact with the pit. Rotate the knife and avocado, cutting around the pit until you've come back to where you started. Twist the pieces slightly to separate the two halves.

Pit the Avocado

Take the half with the pit onto a hard surface, pit side up. With some force, strike the pit with the blade of the knife. It should feel stuck in the pit. Pick up the avocado and twist the knife and pull it away. There goes your pit.

Remove the Avocado Pulp

At this point, some people might just scoop it out and eat it. To take out the edible part, the pulp, insert a spoon between the skin and the pulp. Gently remove the pulp by running the spoon around the edge keeping it as close to the skin as possible. Scrape out any parts that didn t make it.

Slice and Chop the Avocado

Now that your avocado s skin has been removed, you can slice your avocado. Cut off any discolored spots. Then with your short knife, start at the top of the avocado and at a 45 degree angle, cut inward and down the pulp. Continue to slice the avocado, moving around the top at an angle.

To chop your avocado, cut across your slices 2-3 times. For small, less perfect pieces, you can chop your avocado right in the skin, and then use your spoon to remove the pieces.

To mash your avocado, use your fork to smash the pulp right in your bowl.

You've got to be quick when working with avocado because it discolors as it's exposed to the air. If you're not using it right away, cover it in plastic wrap.

Avocados are also a great source of monosaturated fats, or healthy fats, so enjoy. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us online at food.about.com.
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