1. How to tell if an avocado is ripe (but not rotten!):
You might squeeze your avocado to see if it’s soft, but ever buy one and it’s already gone bad? Pop up the stem and check the color… If it’s green, it’s ripe! If it’s brown, it’s already started going bad.
2. How to peel an avocado:
Sure, after cutting an avocado in half you can scoop the fruit out of the peel with a spoon (and that works great if you’re going to be mashing it!). But if you’re going to slice your avocado, you don’t want to lose any of it and you don’t want it to get slimy! So just use your fingers to pull back the peel. If the fruit is ripe, it will peel off beautifully.
3. How to pick a ripe pineapple:
Tug on one of the center leaves (leaves? spikes? daggers? What’s the top part called, anyway…). If you can pull it out without much effort, you’ve got a ripe pineapple. If it doesn’t release, it needs more time to ripen.
4. How to slide corn out of the husk without shucking it:
Bake or grill the corn with the husk off. Cut off the end with a sharp knife, and the corn will slide right out! (This summer I wrote a post with full directions for this cooking method, which you can read here>>)
5. How to quickly cool off corn on the cob for little eaters:
Little Miss E loves corn on the cob, but it’s usually too hot for her when I first serve it – great for melting butter, not great for tender little hands to hold. To cool it quickly, I just place a corn cob in a glass of cold water and it’s ready for her in no time!
6. How to slice mushrooms in one easy motion:
7. How to peel garlic:
Place the flat surface of a large knife over a clove of garlic. Use the base of your palm to give it a good smashing. The peel will pop right off.
8. How to pick a ripe watermelon:
9. How to slice a watermelon for easy eating:
Cut the watermelon in half and lay face down. Slice horizontally and then vertically, forming about 1″ squares. These watermelon “sticks” are easier to grab and eat than a wedge, and it makes slicing it into chunks a breeze.
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for picking and prepping produce?!
Please share in the comments below. I’d love to try them, and I’ll share my new favorite discoveries in a future post!