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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What do you look for in picking a ripe avocado?

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By Peggy James on September 20, 2013

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To finish your guacamole, be sure to smash the avocado with a fork after taking it our of the peeling. I know you meant to say that.

By Judy Hill on September 20, 2013

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This might sound simple to you and love your website and recipes, but I must tell you one thing. Thank you for showing how to prepare an avocado. Would you believe I would slice the small end and peel it. After seeing your steps I felt so dumb. Not too dumb to follow your photo directions, lol. One other thing, sometimes I let the avocado overripe and dark in places. It doesn't taste good, is it spoiled to use? Thank you again.

By Frannie on September 20, 2013

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That is the way I do it. Much less mess. Also: If you don't need the whole alvacado. Leave the seed in half wrap in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. You can brush with a little lemon juice but really not necessary. .

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