How to pit and slice an avocado is a must-know kitchen skill, particularly if you're a big fan of guacamole or avocado toast. We'll show you how to cut an avocado and how to pit an avocado the best way. Follow our fresh avocado tips to get the most out of each fruit and become an avocado slicing master. Avocado toast, avocado smoothies, and avocado salads are all in your future!
Wash your avocado. Use a knife to make a lengthwise cut around the seed, cutting through the skin and fruit. Holding the avocado in your hands, gently twist the two halves in opposite directions to separate them.
To remove the seed, use a quick, hard motion to whack the blade of a knife into the seed; twist and pull to remove it.
On a cutting surface, cut each half in half again, and peel away the skin from each of the quarters using your fingers or a small knife. You can also cut slices in the avocado half, cutting through the fruit but not through the skin and scooping out slices using a spoon.
Learning how to tell if an avocado is ripe is key—after all, no one likes tossing out overripe produce. While you're at the store, look for avocados that are not bruised or too soft, and that have no gouges or broken skin. If you're not using the avocado for three or four days, choose firm avocados. If you need to use the avocados right away, choose a ripe avocado that yields to gentle pressure when cradled in your hand.
Store avocados at room temperature until they ripen, then refrigerate and use within three days. Refrigeration slows avocado ripening.
If you purchase an avocado that's not quite ripe and want to speed the process along a little, you're not completely at the mercy of nature. We can't promise you the world—your unripe avocado won't be ripe in just a couple hours—but to ripen an avocado more quickly, do this: