Avocados are a nutritious fruit that can be used to make delicious juices and smoothies. While cutting an avocado can seem intimidating at first, it’s actually quite simple once you know the proper techniques.
In this comprehensive guide, we will walk through the entire process of cutting an avocado open in preparation for juicing step-by-step. We will cover the necessary tools, different cutting methods, how to remove the pit and peel, as well as how to store unused avocado flesh.
Follow these instructions and you’ll be an avocado cutting expert in no time!
Cutting an avocado for juicing doesn’t require any special equipment. Here are the basic tools you’ll need:
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
Make sure your knife is sharp. A dull knife will crush the avocado flesh rather than slicing through it cleanly.
It’s also helpful to have a large spoon on hand for scooping out the avocado flesh after cutting.
There are a few different techniques for cutting an avocado depending on your preferences:
Slice in Half Lengthwise
This is the most common and straightforward way to cut an avocado.
- Start by rinsing the avocado under water and patting it dry.
- Place the avocado on a cutting board. Position your non-cutting hand on top of the avocado for stability.
- Carefully make a lengthwise slice around the center of the avocado, from top to bottom. Apply even, gentle pressure with the knife to cut through the skin and flesh in one motion.
- Twist the two avocado halves in opposite directions to separate them.
This exposes the pit in the center of the avocado which you can easily remove.
For this method, you’ll cut the avocado into quarters which allows you to easily remove the pit in chunks:
- Start the same way by rinsing, drying, and placing the avocado on a cutting board.
- Make your first slice lengthwise through the center of the avocado.
- With the two halves still together, make another lengthwise slice perpendicular to the first cut. This divides the avocado into quarters.
- Gently twist and separate the quarters. The pit will either remain in one of the quarters for easy removal or come out cleanly on its own.
This quarter method gives you ready-to-use avocado chunks.
If you want avocado cubes rather than slices or chunks, follow this technique:
- Slice the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit.
- With the pitted half on the cutting board skin-side down, make parallel slices lengthwise about 1/2-inch apart through the flesh without cutting through the skin.
- Rotate the avocado 90 degrees and make another series of parallel slices across the width of the avocado flesh.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the neat avocado cubes from the skin.
This gives you evenly sized cubes that work great in juices, smoothies, salads, and more. The skin helps hold the cubes together for clean cuts.
Removing the Pit and Peel
Once you’ve sliced or quartered the avocado, it’s time to remove the pit and peel.
Here are some tips for each:
- Use your spoon to scoop around the edges of the pit to loosen it.
- Gently twist the pit out. It should come out cleanly in one piece.
- Be careful handling the pit as it’s quite hard and round, making it prone to slipping.
- Discard the pit which cannot be eaten.
You can choose to peel avocados for juicing or leave the nutrient-rich skin on. Here are some options:
- Use a vegetable peeler: Run a vegetable peeler from top to bottom along the curved surface to remove the skin.
- Score and scoop: Use a paring knife to score the skin by making shallow cuts in a grid pattern. Then use a spoon to scoop the avocado cubes out, leaving the skin behind.
- Leave the skin on: The skin is edible, so you don’t necessarily need to peel it. The skin contains beneficial antioxidants and fiber.
Peeling is optional and a matter of personal preference when making avocado juice.
Storing Leftover Avocado
If you don’t use all the avocado flesh right away, here are some storage tips:
- Leave the pit in the unused portion of avocado. The pit will help slow oxidation and prevent browning due to exposure to air.
- Directly wrap or cover the avocado flesh with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic is directly touching the surface.
- Squirt some lemon or lime juice on top. The acidity helps inhibit oxidation.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 days maximum.
Stored properly, leftover fresh avocado will keep for several days before browning too much.
Avocado Juicing Tips
Once your avocado is prepped, you’re ready to juice it for maximum nutrition. Here are some final tips:
- Use ripe avocados. Overripe or underripe avocados don’t juice well.
- Mix avocado with sweeter fruits and veggies. Try combinations like avocado-carrot-apple or avocado-spinach-pineapple.
- Aim for a 2:1 ratio of fruits/veggies to avocado for best flavor.
- Add some fresh lime juice to brighten up the flavor.
- Mix in ice cubes for a chilled avocado juice treat.
Avocado juices pair well with both fruits and vegetables. Feel free to experiment with your own juice recipes!
Cutting an avocado for juice doesn’t have to be difficult or dangerous. With the proper cutting techniques, tools, and storage methods outlined above, you can prep avocados like a pro.
Always use caution when handling sharp knives. Take it slowly until you get the hang of the different cutting styles.
Making fresh avocado juice is nutritious, delicious, and well worth the minimal effort required. Both easy and elegant, home juicing is a great way reduce waste and create healthy, homemade beverages your whole family will love.