How to avoid the infamous Avocado Hand

Use the following tips for cutting an avocado so you don’t have to cope with the cronic shame that comes along with an avocado hand.

As my dear friends already know, I am a person prone to cut wounds so bad I have to go to the hospital to get stitches. Yesterday, a reader sent me a request via my contact form asking how to avoid avocado hands. For those of you who don’t know what an avocado hand is: An avocado is a very slippery fruit and in the process of cutting it, peeling it or removing the just as slippery core the knife might slip and you end up cutting yourself in the hand.

In truth, I never had an avocado hand, just bad luck with knives and broken glass! Okay, bad luck might be a bit of an understatement, I am clumsy as hell! As soon as I read the request I wondered, why I never had an avocado hand. And since I am not really a fan of copying various tips from the internet, I am going to describe how I cut my avocados, which is apparently a safe way to do so?

  1. I lay the avocado on a cutting board and carefully start to cut in in half.
  2. If the core won’t easily pop out I carefully pierce it with my knife and twist until it comes out.
  3. If I want to make guacamole or some other sauce, I remove the flesh with a tablespoon. Apparently there is the option to cut the flesh of the avocado up in the peel before this step to make the removal easier. I’ll have to remember this tip the next time I get a big avocado in my hands, with small ones this shouldn’t be necessary
  4. If I want to cut it up for a salad or something like that, I remove the peel with my hands – if the avocado is ripe it should slip right off.* After that I just cut the avocado up. It seems like there is a different version of this step as well – cut the avocado in stripes with the peel and then slip it off. I won’t be trying this anytime soon, it doesn’t strike me as very efficient.

*Someone on Twitter pointed out that you could also use a wooden stirrer (like the ones Starbucks uses) to make a sail with the avocado peel and it slips off as well. But beware, this method will also only work if the avocade is ripe!

Avocado halfes, avocado core, avocado, white background, Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Bonus tip: If you roughen the core slightly with sandpaper and stick a toothpick through, you can hang this construction over a glass of water and try to grow your own avocado tree!

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