How to Prepare an Avocado

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By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

What’s a game day get together without guacamole? Find out the easiest way to prep an avocado with our Test Kitchen’s how to!

image Step 1: Slice your avocado in half lengthwise working around the pit.

 

imageStep 2: Separate the avocados into halves by gently twisting and exposing the pit.

 

image Step 3: Carefully whack the heel of your knife into the pit of the avocado and gently twist the knife to get the pit out. Use a tea towel to remove the pit from the blade of your knife.

 

image Step 4: Score the avocado’s flesh, with a paring knife, being careful not to cut through to the skin of the avocado (or into your hand!).

 

image Step 5: Pop the avocado chunks out of the skin.

 

image Step 6: Or you can scoop it out of the skin using a spoon.

 

Try some of Paula’s favorite avocado recipes:
Avocado Chicken Salad
Quick Guacamole
Avocado Dip
Avocado Dressing
Fried Egg and Avocado Sandwich

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By dee Yates on March 29, 2014

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By Joyce Burkett on March 21, 2014

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Glad to see you back!

By linda on March 21, 2014

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By Wanda Mcgee on March 21, 2014

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By Anonymous on March 21, 2014

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I love avocados and use them quite often. To save yourself from a possible accident use one of those silicon oven gloves to hold the avocado while scoring it. It not only gives you a better grip on it, but it saves your blood LOL. This also works for mangos.

By Lloyd on March 20, 2014

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Thanks a truly big help to me.I have been told I have dieabeties and I am looking for some things to help me eat better.Thanks Peggy

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Great tips and recipes

By Jessie on March 20, 2014

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Paula, I admire you so much. I too have diabetics and love to cook southern style and know how difficult your challenge is , hang in thre girl ,you have lots of support!

By Anonymous on March 20, 2014

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Loved your show and love your food.

By Linda Q on March 20, 2014

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Might wanna tell em how to ripen an avocado in a brown paper bag for a day or two.Paula you are the most wonderful cook on TV, bar none(well that cookin cajun was pretty cool too)It's a dirty shame the way they treated you.

By craig on March 20, 2014

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MRS Paula I would like to know if you could give me ideas my husband has been put on a strict diet no bread no potatoes no sugar no non creamers no sauces and no salad dressings im almost out of ideas now he can have sweet potatoes which makes no sense to me but if you could please help I would thank you so much I love your recipes and you he cant have some fruits so if you can help thank you your friend . thelma

By Thelma Yarbrough on March 20, 2014

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Love the avocado recipes. Thanks for sharing! Its gonna be ok Paula! BAM

By Betty McLaughlin on March 20, 2014

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hey Paula Dean this is KurtoryTaylor and I just want to say that you inspire me and I've been watching you for a long time for about 5or6 I like it when you was on Food Network because I use to cook my family a lot of your meals and the whole thing about the N word I don't really care about none of that I'm an African American but I love you to death and I would like to meet you one day because I love to cook southern cooking food so please read this carefully and give me a feedback love you Paula Deen

By kurtory taylor on October 22, 2013

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hey Paula Dean this is KurtoryTaylor and I just want to say that you inspire me and I've been watching you for a long time for about 5or6 I like it when you was on Food Network because I use to cook my family a lot of your meals and the whole thing about the N word I don't really care about none of that I'm an African American but I love you to death and I would like to meet you one day because I love to cook southern cooking food so please read this carefully and give me a feedback love you Paula Deen

By kurtory taylor on October 22, 2013

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hey Paula Dean this is coreyTaylor from Florida I just want to say thaome I used to watch your Food Network show but I see they have cut and cancel it out Food Network will be nothing without you you make the best dishes ever

By Anonymous on October 22, 2013

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I'm so glad your back.I have just about all your cook books and your magazines.I miss you on food Channel.I love anything you make.Please take care. Thanks Cathie K.Day

By Cathie K.Day on October 16, 2013

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What do you look for in picking a ripe avocado?

By Dianne on September 21, 2013

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I am so happy to find a way to connect to your recipes and follow the things that you are doing. I just knew that you are a person who is the "real You", not some put-on for show. Praise the Lord because he is bringing you back with your boys.

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Paula,Love you girl looking good, keep up the good work.

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