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HOW TO CUBE AN AVOCADO

Clean eating means eating good proteins, whole grains and healthy fats. And one of the Kings of the healthy fats is the beautiful avocado. Avocados boast more potassium than a banana, it packs more protein per gram than any other vegetable, and they have 18 essential amino acids. No wonder, bodybuilders everywhere are scarfing down guacamole like it was… Well, guacamole. However, in order to eat one has to cut it… and some people have slight issues with that.

I sometimes forget there was once a time that I was completely clueless on how to dice, chop and slice without accidentally severing a nub or two. But I am here to tell you there was a time that I was knife-handicapped too… and took a few slices to the fingers.

Culinary school certainly was the ultimate place to learn how to use proper knife skills without splattering blood all over the cutting board. Although the first few weeks of class were called the Band-Aid weeks: we all diced our thumbs instead of our onions and ended up decorating our fingers with various Band-Aids.

But, ladies and gentlemen, culinary school is expensive! Trust me. I’m still paying my loans off. But that’s why you fabulous readers have me!!! I am doing a whole series on how to properly slice, dice and chop your veggies, so you save your nubs and your time!

FYI… I use Globals as my knives of choice. I love them. I have had them for 12 years. And they have been nothing, but wonderful. I take them to clients’ houses to do private cooking classes, I take them to catering occasions, and I use them on a daily basis at home. They are light, easy to wash and stay sharp. I bought them from a store with my student discount while still in Culinary School as a graduation present to myself. However, you can find them on Amazon for a really great price too.

Today we start with my favorite: the avocado. A wonderful fruit. (Yup. Technically it is a fruit). And in four easy steps we will have gorgeously cubed avocado.

Step 1. Carefully with a knife cut the avocado in half. (Don’t judge me, I forgot to take the label off and cut right through it.)

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Step 2. Then we are going to stick our knife into the pit. This is why you need a nice large chef knife or Santuko knife. Try and place the knife into the pit near the center of the blade or towards the handle, you will have more control this way.

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Side note: I get asked frequently, what kind of knives I recommend. And the answer is… the ones YOU like. It has to be comfortable in YOUR hand. Not mine. I really love Global knives like I already mentioned above. They are Japanese knives made out of one piece of metal that are super light. They also have little rivets on the knife handle that have a nice grip. Their Santuko knife fits my hand perfectly. Remember, a knife should be an extension of your entire arm; it should not feel like dead weight. I am 5’4 and have a small frame, so their 6-inch knife is perfect for me. Don’t get a gigantic chef’s knife, if you are a tiny little thing… you might as well try slicing your onion with a machete. Get a knife that feels good and solid in your hand. I’ll tell you this much: I have had these knives for 10 years. And they are still in great condition. I get them sharpened once every month or so… Sometimes I procrastinate and don’t get to it until 3 months. I just hone it with my steel in between sharpenings and it’s all good. Keep your knives sharp… believe it or not… it’s way easier to cut yourself with a dull knife than a sharp one! 

Twist the knife clockwise or counter-clockwise (your choice) to loosen the pit and pull it off the knife (carefully) and discard.

Step 3. Next slice the avocado halves first vertically and then horizontally, making a sort of crosshatch design. Careful, without going all the way through the avocado. If you want slices instead of cubes, you can scoop the avocado out with a spoon and then slice it on a cutting board to your desired sizes.

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Step 4. Now with a large tablespoon, take out the avocado cubes.

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And that is it. Perfect avocado slices every time.

For a step by step tutorial and more pictures go to www.girlandthekitchen.com

Mila Furman

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