I love avocados. In addition to being a tasty and filling snack all on their own, they’re also a delicious alternative to mayo on sandwiches or butter on toast. Avocados even share the adoration of paleo diet followers, food exchange fans, vegetarians and vegans alike!
But what happens when something you love turns against you? I’m talking about a new and unfortunate trend called “avocado hand.” A growing number of people are ending up in the emergency room as a result of improperly cutting an avocado. Some physicians have even gone so far as to call for safety labels to be put on the fruits! I’ve had a few close calls myself while trying to remove the pit with a knife. To help you avoid “avocado hand,” here are some tips:
- Use a small, sharp knife to cut the avocado instead of a large knife.
- Place the avocado on a cutting board on a sturdy surface. A damp cloth (or a sticky mat) under the cutting board will help keep it from slipping. Using one hand, lightly grip the avocado around the sides to hold it in place. Make sure to keep your fingers out of the way.
- Cut lengthwise down the middle of the fruit and rotate to continue cutting down the other side. Then, using both hands, twist the avocado open to expose the pit.
- Don’t hack the knife into the pit while holding the avocado. It’s too easy for the knife to slip and cut your hand.
- Instead, scoop out the pit with a spoon or use your fingers to dig it out. You may smash some of the fruit beneath the pit, but if you’re making guacamole, for example, this shouldn’t matter much.
- Last, either slice, then scoop, or just scoop out the insides of the avocado. Voila! You’re ready to eat.
Remember, when it comes to culinary adventures in the kitchen—safety first! Don’t let the mishandling of avocados get in the way of your enjoyment.