Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Prepping an Avocado

The best way to prep an avocado is to cut it in half by running the blade of a knife around the seed, cutting the fruit in half from end to end. 

A gentle twist will separate the two halves, leaving the large pit in one of them. A gentle but firm whack with the blade of a knife and a gentle twist will remove the pit, leaving it firmly and seemingly permanently imbedded on the blade of the knife. The best - and safest - way to dislodge it is to approach the pit from the blunt side of the knife, prying it off with thumb and forefinger on opposite sides of the blade.

Recyle Note: The Pit of the Avocado makes a great massage tool.

Scoop the avocado flesh out of the skin with a tablespoon as whole and unblemished piece. Then placed on a cutting board and cut it into cubes or slices. Another option after scooping the avocado flesh from the skin is to mash the avocado and use it to make guacamole or avocado mayonnaise.

Avocados can be sliced with the skin on. Cut the avocado half into slices, skin and all, and then peel the skin away from the individual slices. The skin gives you something to hold onto as you maneuver the sometimes slippery slices of avocado to their final destination.

Avocados can darken quickly when mashed or sliced and exposed to the air, spoiling the look of it. A sprinkle with lemon or lime juice will ensure that the avocado does not darken for a short period of time.
Did you know that Avocados can help soften dry rough skin? Mix flesh of ½ Avocado, 1 teaspoon of honey, and one tablespoon of plain yogurt until creamy. Spread in on your clean skin and let sit 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse your skin with warm water, pat dry and apply a moisturizer.

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