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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 Filipino ginisang ampalaya (sauteed bittermelon)

Panlasangpinoy gives a tutorial on a nutritious Filipino vegetable recipe Ginisang Ampalaya (Sautéed Bitter Melon). Bitter melon is said to have high iron content and have antidiabetic property also. First cut two ampalaya into thin slices and add salt and luke warm water, then leave for 5 minutes. After that, put it into a cheese cloth and squeeze to remove water. Add cooking oil to the heated pan then add 1 tbsp minced garlic and sauté until it gets golden brown. Add one large onion, one la...

How To: Recognize when a papaya is ripe

Papaya's are a tropical fruit that is very healthy and a little sweet. But knowing when it's ripe is the true challenge. It boils down to a few factors that include color, smell and other visual cues. In this video you will get tips on what to look for as well as alternatives to getting your papaya to ripen.

How To: Make grilled nectarines with honey

Make this in minutes on your stovetop grill or under the broiler. Follow along as Robin Miller from the Food Network shows you how to cook up some grilled nectarines with honey. Who said you couldn't make dessert on the grill. This grilled nectarines with honey dessert recipe is great for those summer days when you make dinner out on the grill.

How To: Cut the cheeks off a mango

This video give you a step by step in how to cut your mango cheeks, and owszat shows you how to do it. Using careful tactics on the mango, you can see a slight edge. Where you distinguish your mango's center point is where you will be cutting from. Tear off your stem to have a flat relying surface. Cutting about five millimeters from the center point on each side, making one slice that releases your cheek, and doing the same for the other side leaves you with two mango cheeks and the center p...

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: Seed a pomegranate quick and easy

In this video, we learn tips on how to seed a pomegranate easily with Nicki Sizemore. First, cut off the crown of your pomegranate to expose the seeds. Then, score the pomegranate from end to end and a few places around it. Next, soak the fruit in cold water for 5 minutes. While keeping it under water, break the fruit apart into large chunks. Next, just use your fingertips to remove the seeds. Since you are working in the water, your fingertips won't get stained. Remove the large pieces then ...

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: Slow down banana ripening

You buys bananas, but you never seem to eat them because by the time you get your banana craving, they've morphed into soft gooey black apparatus of evil. If you're bananas are blackening quicker than you can scarf them down, next time, slow down the ripening process by separating them instead of leaving them in a bunch. Fresh!

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: 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: Juice a pomegranate

Start with a nice firm pomegranate. Take the pomegranate in your hands and start squeezing it by pressing with your thumbs one of the other pushing into the pomegranate. Squeeze all around the whole surface of the pomegranate. As you press in using your thumbs overlapping each other you will hear the pomegranate seeds popping inside the fruit. Take the softened pomegranate and bite a hole into the side. As you bite the hole make sure you suck the juice as it begins to come out. Once you have ...

How To: Core apples quickly

There is a very easy method to use that is much faster than coring the apples. You can use it to speed the process of preparing apples up so that they are available to you to make your favorite recipe whether it be an apple cake, an apple pie, or some other apple recipe. You will start by peeling your apples with a peeler. Then take a knife and cut the sides of the apple off basically squaring it off. Then take the side pieces that you cut off and slice them into smaller slices. Before long y...

How To: Pit and dice an avocado

Check out this short video tutorial from Rouxbe on how to pit and dice an avocado. This video will support your cooking experience and will provide you with additional relevant information during your culinary time pitting and dicing avocados.

How To: Cut canned whole tomatoes

In this how-to video, Gourmet Magazine editor Melissa Roberts shows you a quick and simple way to cut canned tomatoes. This technique will help decrease the usual mess. For this, you need kitchen shears or very sharp scissors, and obviously a can of whole tomatoes. Melissa suggests OXO kitchen shears, which you can take apart for easy post-cooking clean-up.

How To: Dry apple slices for crafts

Dry apples for that perfect project by following these steps. Apple aren’t just for eating. You can use sliced dried apples to add a little interest to your next craft project. Making the dried apple slices is half the fun and a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

How To: Open up a raw Thai coconut with a knife

Easily open a Thai coconut with an ordinary kitchen knife! The first step is shaving off the top of the coconut. You are going to cut through the white outer layer to the brown skin that is underneath. Take a very sharp knife and start to carefully cut off the skin, kind of like peeling an apple, but tougher and more fibrous. For the top, cut deeply until you expose the brown inner layer of skin. Cut all the way around the fruit without going too far in. Keep the white outer layer on around t...

How To: Cut a whole pumpkin like a chef

Check out this video cooking tip from The Chef's Toolbox in Australia. Watch this tutorial to learn how to cut a whole pumpkin like a chef. Cutting a whole pumpkin for recipes is easy with a little know-how, see how to do it right here.

How To: Make coconut cream from fresh coconut

In this second episode of the Hawaiian "Jenna in the Jungle" series, Manis demonstrates how to climb a coconut tree. Watch this how to video and learn how to cut coconuts open to make fresh, rich coconut cream. Learn the benefits of coconuts and how to use them in the most sustainable way. Use the coconut cream in a decadent chocolate recipe, jungle-style.

How To: Pick the right watermelon

One of the truest art forms in grocery shopping and produce picking is getting the perfect watermelon. Not everyone knows how to do it properly, and some just do it without realizing what they are actually checking for. In this great video you will learn the techniques and the signs of what makes a great watermelon. But even with all that, as he says in the video, it's still 10% luck.

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: 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: Shop for, eat & de-seed a pomegranate

First, when shopping for a pomegranate, you want to look for ones that are red and firm. You don't want a pomegranate that is soft or that is turning brown. A good solid red color is best. To eat the pomegranate cut the top off where the stem is. The pomegranate is divided into sections of red seeds divided by white stuff. Cut between the different sections of seeds in the white areas dividing the pomegranate into different sections. Pull the sections apart and pull the red seeds out of the s...

How To: Pick and open a coconut

Getting into the inside of a coconut can be tough but this episode will show you an easy and quick way to crack open a coconut. Leave the tools in the garage. Forget about trying to cut the shell. All you need is a sturdy kitchen knife and a flick of the wrist.

How To: Make lamb curry with lime and mango

Lamb is perfect for Indian cooking. Its flavor stands up well against spices like curry and chili. This easy lamb curry recipe will show you how to make a fruity curry lamb using 4 lamb chump chops. Make lamb curry with lime and mango.

How To: Cut a cantaloupe

A subtly sweet melon, cantaloupe is a refreshing summertime snack. See the different ways to cut a cantaloupe, from chunks to slices. You know your cantaloupe is ripe when it: yields to slight pressure, has yellowish skin, has a fresh aroma at the end where the stem was attached, has a healthy outer rind free of tears or cuts. Be sure to refrigerate the sliced melon in plastic bags or airtight containers within 2 hours of cutting it.

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 a coconut to drink

There is more than one way to open a coconut, and according to the video there’s a girly and a manly way. First you can see the advanced method using a machete to quickly open a coconut reserved for the experienced. The secret trick for all the rest of us is to hammer in a nail or screwdriver to get to the water.

How To: Core an apple

Making apple pie? Need a quick snack? Learn the fastest and simplest way to remove the core. Watch this video to learn how to core an apple.

How To: Make a creamy, fruity ambrosia salad

A popular dessert salad, especially during the warm weather, is the ambrosia salad. This dish is a delcious mix of whippped cream, fruit and a few marshmallows for garnish. This video even shows you how to make your own whipped cream using a kitchen mixer! Make a creamy, fruity ambrosia salad.