Avocado Wrangling 101

Avocado Wrangling 101

I’ll make the guacam-oh—oh, I cut myself!

Don’t do that! It hurts, and it’s a lousy way to spend your Super Bowl Sunday. Seriously.

But with the increasing popularity of avocados in recent years, “Avocado Hand” is now a thing.

So how do you handle an oblate spheroid and a sharp knife without doing bodily harm? It’s not actually as difficult as you might think. Unless beer and margaritas are involved. Then you might want to rethink this.

First, watch the video. Strategize. Plan. And then please note that our lovely hand-model is using a dinner knife to slay the beast. And a spoon.

Wash and dry your avocado. Who knows who palpated it before you brought it home. Wash and dry your hands, too, please!

Place your avocado on a clean, dry cutting board, lying on its side.

Holding the knife parallel to the cutting board, cut your avocado lengthwise.

Rotate your avocado to cut from top to bottom and then bottom to top around the pit.

Grasp the halves gently and twist them apart.

Using a spoon, scoop out the pit and then scoop out the avocado flesh.

You can also peel the avocado with just your fingers. Cut your avocado into quarters before wiggling them off the pit.

Gently grasp your avocado wedge with one hand and use your fingers to get between the avocado and its peel, and then…peel!

Peeling leaves any brown spots on the peel, and ensures you’re getting as much of the nutritious dark green flesh as possible.

If you’re making salad and want pretty little pieces, you can use the dinner knife to cut your wedges, but if you’re making guacamole for your Super Bowl celebration, mash them, make your favorite recipe and enjoy an Avocado-Hands-free day!

We hope you don't, but if you need us, for Avocado-Hands, serious cuts, lacerations or any other injury to muscles, bones, ligaments or tendons, our Urgent Care is open Monday to Friday. To learn more, visit our Urgent Care Page

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