How To: Select and prepare Jackfruit

Have you ever heard of the East Indian fruit Jackfruit or Kanoon? The Jackfruit is one of the largest of fruits and almost every family in Thailand has a Jackfruit tree in their backyard. You can learn how to properly select a Jackfruit based on ripeness and learn the proper way of cutting it. Since the fruit is very sticky, it is best to oil just a little bit before cutting into the fruit. You can eat the fruit cold or use it as an ingredient in a meal. Save your seeds, and you can roast the...

How To: Clean and cut a whole pineapple

Chef Dan Bobo explains the proper way to clean and cut a whole pineapple, putting safety and cleanliness first. The first step is to wash the pineapple. Then, you can start cutting it: First, try to find the flattest side of it by rolling it over the table. Then, hold it firmly, make sure you keep your hand clear the knife and just cut the top of it. Discard the cut piece and repeat the same to cut the bottom of the pineapple. Now, you can use the new, flat surfaces of the pineapple to cut th...

How To: Turn your fresh tomatoes into crushed

Ian Knauer, food editor from Gourmet Magazine, is going to show you how to turn fresh tomatoes into crushed tomatoes in no time. First, you must take a fresh tomato and just slice it in half, now grab a 4 sided grater and start grating the tomato using the large holes. You should do this over a bowl because that's where all your crushed tomato is going to end up. You must grate the tomato (the skin should begin to peel) until your left with just the peel of the tomato left in your hand, which...

How To: Cut open a coconut

In this tutorial, we learn how to cut open a coconut. Coconuts in nature look different than they do when you buy them at the grocery store. They come in green, orange, and yellow. The white ones you see are shaved off before you buy them at the store. To open up a coconut, you are going to need a machete, which is a very large knife. Make sure the knife is sharpened, then hold the coconut on the handle and slice it at an angle using the machete. Use force when cutting so the coconut comes op...

How To: Eat a pomegranate without making a mess

Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and pack a strong, tangy flavor, but how in the world do you open them without making a mess? Learn how to open pomegranates, and also how to make juice from the ruby-red seeds inside. You can eat the seeds just as they are. If you want to make pomegranate juice, you can throw the seeds in a blender. Or for a quick and fun way, you can also place them into a plastic freezer bag. Remove most of the air, seal the zipper, and use a rolling pin to break the s...

How To: Make a beautiful fruit basket

If you're looking for a fabulous gift, why not check out this tutorial with Martha Stewart and see what to do to create a beautiful fruit basket. Bananas, apples, peaches, grapes, cherries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, tangerines - any fruit you want! Of course, make sure you're picking fresh, ripe and in season fruit so your gift can be enjoyed right away! And, you'll want a basket. Typically, these are made from wicker, but you could get creative and choose some other kind of basket as well!

How To: Cut fancy citrus fruit wedges

Check out this short video tutorial from Rouxbe on how to cut fancy citrus fruit wedges. This video will support your cooking experience and will provide you with additional relevant information during your culinary time cutting citrus wedges.

How To: Open a coconut with only a knife

Follow along as we learn how to open a coconut with only a knife. - Take the back of the knife and strike the coconut at the top. Make sure you are rotating the coconut as you do this, and continue striking.

How To: Properly cut a cantaloupe

In this video from C4Bimbos we learn how to cut a cantaloupe. This also works for a watermelon, she says. Slightly cut off each side - top and bottom - so that you can stand it up. Now you want to shave each side down. Using a sharp knife is the best way to go! Get all of the green part off. Now, turn it over to get the rest of the outside off. Now, cut it right in half. With a large spoon, scoop out all of the seeds and put them in a bowl. Cut the cantaloupe in perfect slices and you are rea...

How To: Open & eat a pomegranate without making a mess

This is a step by step video of how to open and eat a pomegranate. Becca begins by washing the fruit, and cutting the ends off. She then scores the pomegranate, and submerges it in a bowl of water. The fruit is then ripped apart from where the scores were, and the beads of juice fall into the bottom of the bowl. All of the pulp and skin stay floating at the top of the water. The beads can then be enjoyed.

How To: Open up a coconut in three different ways

This video is presented by Coco Joe from CocoJoesCoconuts. The video starts by demonstrating the technique for getting the coconut water from young coconuts. Coco Joe first uses a coconut opening tool by inserting it into the top part of the coconut and prying off the very top of the coconut. Next, he inserts the coconut opening tool directly into the top of the coconut resulting in a nice round opening. Joe then demonstrates the same technique with a 3 inch pocketknife. Finally, Joe demonstr...

How To: Juice key limes

Gourmet food editor Melissa Roberts talks about key limes here. Key limes are much smaller than the conventional limes that you usually see at supermarkets. When they go out of season they become a little dry, their peak season being spring. They're picked off trees when they're dark-green but they're not ripe yet, they are ripe when they become pale green. As they are so small it can be tricky juicing them. A reamer can be used but it is better to use a citrus squeezer, there is a smaller on...

How To: Easily open a pomegranate mess free

Use these steps and you will be able to open up a pomegranate, mess-free! *Select pomegranates by weight not color!* Remember the heavier they are the more juice they contain! Here is how to open a pomegranate: mess free! Cut the crown of the pomegranate off - (the top of it). Take your knife and cut through the membrane of the pomegranate (the middle). Get a bowl of water and separate the seeds from the membrane inside the bowl. The seeds will sink to the bottom, and scoop out the membrane w...

How To: Wrap and store melons for long-lasting fresh fruit snacks

What's the best way to make sure your fruits, specifically melons, are staying fresh and tasty? Wrapping and storing your melons properly is the key to freshness. YouProduceGuy has the tips you need to make sure you wrap your melons perfectly for long-lasting fruit delight, so you can have it ready for a quick healthy snack from the fridge, or even have on display before you cut into them for a party.

How To: Ripen fruit quickly

This quick video for the home chef teaches us how to ripen fruit quickly. Not quite as quickly as this video ends, but more quickly than it would otherwise. A must for anyone who has ever slapped their forehead at the sight of the pile of green bananas at the supermarket and lamented the days and days that they would have to wait to eat them.

How To: Peel a dragon fruit (also known as a pitahaya)

Interested in peeling a dragon fruit by hand? With the proper technique, it's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this free video lesson can present a complete overview of the peeling process in about a minute's time. For more information, and to get started peeling your own pitahayas, watch this video guide.

How To: Open a jackfruit

This video shows you how to open a jackfruit. You should not use a knife when opening and use coconut oil on your hands afterwards because it is very sticky. You should find a soft spot and open it from there. Tear along the middle and all the way around to open the fruit in halves. You can then proceed to tear pieces off and eat it. Make sure to use coconut oil on your hands to get the stickiness off.

How To: Make the Japanese dessert fruit cream anmitsu

Fruit cream anmitsu is a delicious Japanese dessert foreign to most Western tongues. In this video, you will earn how to make it at home from scratch. Make sure there is an Asian grocery store near your house, as it requires a number of ingredients not stocked in most Western supermarkets.

How To: Cut a pineapple in an artistic and less wasteful way

This video showcases the skills of the demonstrator in cutting a pineapple in an artistic manner. He begins by removing transverse sections, one each from top and bottom with a sharp knife. He then cuts off the remaining skin vertically in eight thin sections to keep wastage to a minimum. He marks off oblique lines one above the other all along the periphery. He cuts off very thin and small oblique slices along the marked lines, rotating the pineapple slowly. The resulting shape is now like a...

How To: Open a coconut to drink the milk

In this tutorial, we learn how to open a coconut to drink the milk. To start, you will need to grab a large bowl and place the coconut over it. Then, use a knife to hit it with the blunt side. Hit all around the coconut until you have cut an even edge around the middle of the fruit. You can also use a coconut to beat the knife into the coconut to open it up. From here, you can pour the milk from the coconut into a large bowl. Then you can drink it or use it in a recipe, enjoy!

How To: Know the basics of cutting a mango

1. Peel the mango from top to bottom. Using the Y-shaped peeler, work your way around the mango, removing the skin. If the fruit is not quite ripe, keep peeling it away until the pulp is bright yellow. As you expose more pulp, use a paper towel to hold the peeled mango so it doesn't slip out of your hand. Peel away the tips. 2. Determine the tallest line of the mango. Place the mango on the cutting board and find the side that seems the tallest. the pit will be sitting along that line. 3. Sli...

How To: Cut a mango for mango salsa

The user "MJenks13"(Susan) from Youtube shows an easy trick that you can use to cut a mango for a delicious Fruit Salsa. You will need a mango fruit and a knife. It's ideal that the mango is ripe, so that it has a stronger flavor and the pulp is easy to cut. Mango fruits have a long flat seed in the center. Hold the mango vertically keeping the stem upwards and then cut a slice of mango along the length of the fruit. Do not cut from the middle, but a little to the side of the stem, so you don...

How To: Test if an avocado is ripe

This video explains the little known secreting to testing avocados. Simply hold upside down at the base, apply light pressure, and...well you have to watch the video. Learn right from the tree farm. Test if an avocado is ripe.

How To: Chop dried fruit

Use this quick and easy tip for chopping sticky dried fruit. The dried fruit can often stick to itself and become very difficult to chop into distinct pieces. This is important for baking cakes or other dessert recipes that require the ingredient.

How To: Carve a papaya in a flower design

In this video, we learn how to carve a papaya flower design. To start, you will want to take a sharp object and outline the drawing you want to make. Carve this onto the papaya, then remove the skin as you are making different shapes. If you want to do a large flower design, carve layers into the papaya to make the flower look more realistic. Take time to carve the different petals, stems, and other details. This is a fun way to make something beautiful with your food, and can double as a cen...

How To: Slice, dice and mash strawberries

Whether you're making a strawberry shortcake recipe, strawberry jam, or even a refreshing strawberry smoothie, make preparation easy when creating your favorite strawberry recipes with RecipeTips.com's strawberry slicing, dicing, and mashing tips. Slice, dice and mash strawberries.

How To: Determine whether cantaloupes are ripe or not ripe

The cantaloupe is a troublesome fruit for some melon shoppers, because it's a really hard fruit to tell the ripeness of, like most hard-shelled melons. If you've been riddled with how to bring home the ripest and freshest cantaloupe melon, then YourProduceGuy has answers for you. See how to determine the ripeness of this delicious melon.

How To: Open a coconut with a large machete

Learn how to open a coconut and impress your friends. 1. With one hand, steady the coconut at the rounded end and tilt the opposite end downward. 2. Using a very sharp, large knife/machete in your other hand, hack at the pointier end of the coconut at a sharp angle. 3. Slowly decrease the angle of the coconut to create a notch in the husk. 4. Repeat this process to create a larger and larger notch in the husk until you have penetrated the husk and can access the inner fruit. 5. Use a slender,...

How To: Make edible fruit bouquets and arrangements

This video demonstrates how to make edible fruit bouquets and arrangements. you can use any fruit and chocolate. Start with a ceramic base. Also, you'll need a Styrofoam ball about 2 inches larger than the base, a hot glue gun, flower shaped cookie cutters, a pack of toothpicks, wire cutters. The video demonstration plans a layer of dates, topped by a layer of chocolate truffles, pineapple and then apricots. Begin by placing artificial leaves to the base, gluing them on. Then hot glue the Sty...

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