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All Hail the Avocado!

Avocados are a staple in the Paleo diet.  Here are a few tips for choosing, slicing and storing these healthy gifts of nature.Avocados are ripe when the flesh “gives” to the gentle pressure of your thumb when pressed.  They should not feel mushy or hollow, nor should they be hard.

To quickly ripen a hard avocado place it in a paper bag in the pantry.  It should be ripe enough to slice in two to three days.

The best way to keep an avocado from turning brown after slicing it is to ….eat it!  But if you must store half an avocado, leave the pit in the half, rub a little lemon or lime juice on it with your finger and cover with plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap should touch the surface of the avocado flesh as much as possible to keep the air out.   Citrus juice (lemon or lime) also helps when added to guacamole to keep it from turning an unappetizing color.

To easily peel and slice and avocado:

From Realsimple.com:

What You Need
Avocado, glass bowl, cutting board, chef’s knife, large spoon

Follow These Four Easy Steps

How To: Slice and Dice an Avocado Step 1

Cut the avocado in halfUsing a sharp chef’s knife, slice through the avocado lengthwise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Then rotate the avocado, keeping the knife steady, to make a cut all around the pit. Twist the two halves apart.

Tip: It’s safest to do this on a cutting board.

Tip: To ripen a hard avocado, store it in a brown paper bag.

How To: Slice and Dice an Avocado Step 2

Remove the pitAim your knife at the pit and whack into it, using enough force that the knife won’t slip. Twist the knife to pull out the pit.

Tip: Flick pit off the knife with your thumb or the side of a bowl.

How To: Slice and Dice an Avocado Step 3

If dicing, score the flesh of the avocado without piercing the skinUse your knife’s tip to score avocado flesh, making squares, then scoop it out with a spoon.

How To: Slice and Dice an Avocado Step 4

If slicing, scoop out and sliceFor neat slices, use your spoon to loosen skin all the way around, and scoop out the flesh whole. Place flat side down on cutting board and slice using the tip of your knife.

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