Conquer your fear of cutting the beloved avocado, and remove the pit.

June 14, 2018
Melinda Josie

What would life be without avocado toast or guacamole? It’s barely worth contemplating. But getting the pit out easily and slicing gracefully can be a daunting task if you've never tried before. Not to mention, a dull knife can slip and hit the hand instead of the pit. 

Here’s your guide to avoiding what’s now called “Avocado Hand,” the term for the all-too-common, kitchen-related injury from—you guessed it—pitting an avocado. Thankfully, it’s as easy as a firm whack and a twist of the wrist. First step: successful pitting. Next step: nachos deluxe.

Step 1: Using a sturdy knife, slice into the avocado lengthwise on one side. With the blade resting on the pit, rotate the knife around the avocado to create 2 halves. Twist the halves to separate them.

Step 2: Rest the avocado half containing the pit on a folded kitchen towel. Give the pit a whack with the knife, aiming straight into its center. Holding the avocado half in the towel, rotate the knife to loosen the pit. Lift the pit off while it’s still wedged on the blade. Knock the pit on the edge of the sink to dislodge it.

Step 3: Use the tip of the knife to slice or dice the avocado flesh within the skin. Scoop out with a large spoon.

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