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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: Prevent a banana from ripening too quickly

This video gives tips on how to keep a banana from ripening too quickly. Bananas are popular because they're inexpensive, they're tasty and they are relatively easy to get locally. The banana in the demonstration has a few brown spots but is reasonably fresh. A fresh banana will still be sweet. If a banana ripens too quickly it gives a fermented taste. Then you have to throw it away, which is like throwing money away. How do you keep a banana from ripening too quickly? Put it in the fridge. D...

How To: Open a coconut in 30 seconds

This video tell about opening coconut in 30 seconds, take a green coconut, hit it against a rock on its top or bottom side hard till the time it opens up or comes off from the side which you are hitting on the rock. Once it opens up a bit, you can then pill off the outer portion of the coconut with your hands, if any portion is not opened, then hit it again against the rock to open it full. Once it is opened, take out the fibers on out in full, the bear coconut you can hit against the rock fr...

How To: Carve a watermelon basket

Using food as a platter or bowl to serve food in is a genius idea. Because once you're done digging into the fruit salad inside this watermelon, you can then eat the "bowl"! Well, maybe not the rind. But you get the point.

How To: Make plantain empanadas

If you like empanadas, then this plantain version is sure to hit your recipe box. Fried foods aren't generally good for you, but you can't exactly not fry empanadas. And don't try to substitute bananas for the plantains. Otherwise those would be banana empanadas and not plantain empanadas!

How To: Use your soda charger to carbonate fruit

Carbonating fruit is simple and delicious. First, get a soda charger with two chargers ready. Next, put in berries such as blueberries or strawberries and fuse the gas. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Use as a garnish for desserts, salads, mixed drinks, or as a snack.

How To: Easily crack a coconut

You will need a butcher's knife to crack the coconut. Notice the coconut has a seam in between the two "eyes" of the coconut. Hold it over a bowl with the seam running lengthwise along your palm. One tip should be facing you, and the other should face away from you. Take the knife in and strike the center of the coconut several times, while turning the coconut in your hand. It coconut will crack open neatly. If you follow the steps in this video, you should be able to crack a coconut easily.

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: 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: 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 coconut with no tools

Follow along as Coconut Chris teaches us how to open a coconut in under a minute. - You can use a metal spike, but the most common way to open a coconut "Hawaiian Style" is to smash it on a rock.

How To: Open a coconut with meat cleaver

Step 1. Understand that opening a coconut requires a considerable use of precise force. Because you are using a knife or cleaver, it is very important that you keep your fingers and other body parts away from the blade. Step 2. Clear off a stable cutting surface. Step 3. Begin scraping off the white, sinewy upper layer around the pointed top of the coconut, using your knife. Scrape off the top layer until a brown ridge is revealed around the base of the pointed top. Right where this brown lay...

How To: Make oven-dried fruit chips

Chef Charlie Trotter demonstrates how to make oven-dried fruit chips; Fruit slices oven dried to a perfect crisp. He slices banana, apple, and strawberry before putting them in the oven. Make oven-dried fruit chips.

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: 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: Peel and slice mango, kiwi and passion fruits

Martha Stewart answers questions about serving tropical fruit. Allow mangos to ripen; when it's ready it will give slightly when pressed. As with any other fruit, make sure to smell it first, good ones will have a fragrant aroma. Choose kiwis that are large and plump and give slightly to gentle pressure. Passion fruit is ripe when it has a wrinkled, dimpled purple skin. Peel and slice mango, kiwi and passion fruits.

How To: Cut and prepare papaya

Not everyone likes papaya. But a lot of times the sweet fruit is simply misunderstood. They require different methods of preparation which most people just don't feel like doing. But trust us, biting in to a juicy piece of papaya is totally worth the work.

How To: Make a orange, strawberry, banana, and lime smoothie

There are a lot of different fruit smoothie recipes out there. This particularly delicious-looking recipe includes the traditional smoothie fruits strawberries, bananas, and oranges, with a bit of lime and salt to give it a bit of a kick that many of the other recipes out there lack. Cool yourself off and get healthy at the same time with this delicious recipe.

How To: Make a strawberry garnish

Transform a so-so dessert into something spectacular with a beautiful strawberry garnish. Watch how to cut and serve a strawberry garnish. This is a nice way to add a special touch to a dessert or a cheese plate.

How To: Make Trinidadian mango chow

Mango is a tropical fruit that goes well with many dishes and can be made several different ways. Mango salsa, smoothies, and even martinis are just some of the most common ways to use a mango. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to make a Trinidadian mango chow that is easy to make and looks delicious. So sit back and enjoy!

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: Keep strawberries fresh by storing them properly

You bought a whole bunch of strawberries on sale, but you don't want them to go bad. CHOW contributor Daniel Duane shares his trick for keeping farmers’ market strawberries fresh and making them last longer. Just follow this cooking how to video for great tips on keep fresh fruit longer.

How To: Make edible grape and olive centerpieces

Meghan Carter visits Chef Jason Hill to discover the secret to creating beautiful and delicious edible centerpieces. Jason, host of the YouTube Channel Chef Tips, shared the essential elements for an attractive green and purple grape centerpiece as well as how to make something your guests will want to eat. You can also try creating the olive tower.

How To: Cut kiwi

Kiwi is quite the ironic fruit. It's to-die-for exotic sweetness is countered by it's very difficult exterior, which is rough and soemtimes hard to scrape off. Luckily, this food tutorial will run you through several ways to choose, peel, and slice kiwis.

How To: Prepare, cook and store baby food

Homemade baby food provides your little one with a natural, nutritious meal. Learn what fruits are right for your child and how to prepare, cook, and store baby food. Babies between 4 and 6 months old are ready to start integrating solid food into their diet. Remember to check in with your pediatrician before making any changes to your baby's diet. When making baby food, be sure to wash your hands and use clean equipment and tools. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray, and once frozen, ...

How To: Peel, Slice and Chop a Kiwi

We all know that Kiwis can be hard to cut, especially with that furry skin. But in this video, I'll show you the exact steps that you need to take in order to get it done right. The best part—you'll be using a spoon to peel it. Also, I hope that you feel like a boss while you're doing it.

How To: Carve a mango creatively

In this video, we learn how to carve a mango creatively. First, cut small circle in the middle of the side on the mango. Next, cut out circles around the middle to make a cute flower shape! Make sure you take the middle peel out so you can see the yellow of the mango show through. Carve in leaves on the side where the petals are. Continue to carve a smaller line to make the image look shadowed. Use your own talents to make this all your own and be as creative as you'd like to be. When finishe...

How To: Dice mango fruit with the best dicing technique

Love mangos, but never got around to eating fresh ones? Are you addicted to mango juice and mango yogurt? Well, nothing beats the fresh test of a real, freshly cut mango, so you have to go out and get some, but before you do, you're going to need to know the proper way to slice and dice these fruity beasts.

How To: Open a durian (fruit)

Need to know how to open a durian? It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this free video tutorial can present a detailed, step-by-step overview of the peeling process in under a minute. For more information, and to get started opening durians yourself, take a look!