USING AVOCADOS
Select an avocado with a dark, pebbly skin texture. It should be just on the verge of softness - still firm but should "give" easily when you give it a gentle squeeze. Avocados have a big hard pit in their middle so here's how to get rid of that and the skin. I like using a very thin bladed paring knife with a sharp point.
slicing an avocado open the sliced avocado
Slice through the avocade all the way around lengthwise - cut all the way to the hard pit in the center all the way around. With the knife still in the cut, just slowly twist the knife onto its side - this will open the avocado so you can get to the pit. I stick my knife point into the pit to help me get it out - they can be stubborn. Remove and discard the pit.
score the avocado score the avocado the other way too
Cut the avocado all the way through its "flesh" but not through its skin. The skin is tough enough to stop the knife as long as you don't use much pressure - and you don't need to use much at all. Now do the same in the other direction. This is called "scoring" and it's the key to peeling avocados.
getting rid of the peel getting rid of the peel
Take an ordinary table spoon and slide it between the skin and flesh. Pushing the spoon down and against the avocado skin, scoop out the flesh.
getting rid of the peel avocado ready for recipe
The avocado flesh will come out in cubes the size of your "scoring." For straight-to-table presentation like guacamole, score smaller cubes. For salads, score larger as shown. Immediately after scooping out from the skin, place avocado pieces in small bowl and stir a little lemon or lime juice over them. This will slow down the inevitable browning of the avocado. For salads, I serve the avocado on the side.

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