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So how do you dice an avocado? I suppose exactly how you cut it or slice it depends upon how you plan to use the avocado. For me, the majority of the time I want cubes of avocado. I also typically use only half at a time then save the rest. Avocado is a rich fruit – 85% of it’s calories come from fat – the healthy kind of fat though. It’s also loaded with fiber, vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium and much more. Avocado is unique in what it adds to various dishes. So let’s get on with how to cut, dice and store an avocado. This will be a pictorial so get ready for lots of pics. Here’s what I do:
When you get the 2nd half of the avocado out, there will be a few dark places on the flesh – the amount will depend upon how long you have left it in the refrigerator. Obviously the sooner you eat it, the fresher it will be. I usually shoot for 2 to 3 days. What you will do is “whack” the seed with your knife. Do this VERY CAREFULLY. You don’t want to “whack” anything other than the seed. This imbeds the knife into the seed so that you can twist the seed and pull it out. Next, because this one was previously cut and stored, you will need to slice a very thin layer off the top. This will removed the black spots. Now you are ready to slice and dice just like you did on the first half. Note that you want to store your avocados at room temperature until they are ripe. They are ripe when the flesh is firm but has a slight “give” to it. If your avocado is at the right ripeness for eating but you aren’t ready to eat it, then store it in the refrigerator. Storage time is not indefinite though. Try to eat it within 5 to 10 days but that’s a ballpark estimate. It varies depending on the avocado.
If avocado is new to you, give it a try. It’s wonderful on salad, on a burger (just sliced), on top of rice and beans or burritos, in sandwiches. Truthfully I’m not sure there is much that you couldn’t enhance by adding avocado. Keep in mind that it is high fat (although much less than extracted oils) so don’t go overboard. It’s a great way to cut out other not so healthy fats from your diet. Enjoy. 🙂
Update: I have found a way to avoid the plastic wrap. I have several of these Planet Wise bags in both sandwich and snack size. Usually half an avocado will fit into the snack size well enough. It the avocado is on the large side, I use the sandwich bag. Mine have velcro but it looks like they have another design now with a zipper closure.