Pitting and Slicing Avocados

After avocados are ripe, pit and slice them to place in salads or to make guacamole.

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Step 1. With stainless-steel knife, cut avocado in half lengthwise around pit. Rotate two halves to separate; the pit will remain in one of the halves.

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Step 2. Gently insert knife blade into pit; twist and remove pit on blade.

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Step 3. Hold pitted avocado half in hand, or place on cutting board. Cut slices just to, not through, skin.

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Step 4. Peel skin back. For guacamole, scoop the avocado flesh out with spoon. Rub exposed flesh with lemon or lime to prevent discoloration.

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