Hot Fruit How-Tos

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: 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: 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: Prepare a persimmon for eating

A persimmon is not ready to eat until it has a soft consistency like jelly or pudding, though the fruit can be harvested and brought inside while still hard, so long as the branch the fruit hangs from is picked along with it. One way to be sure that a persimmon is ready to eat, is to press a finger against the skin of the fruit. If a fingerprint is left, the persimmon is ripe and delicious. Once they start getting soft they go bad very quickly, so it's good to prepare them so you can eat them...

How To: Choose a perfectly ripe Tommy Atkins mango

Just because the grocery store sells produce, doesn't mean it's all good and ready to eat. Mangos are a particularly tricky fruit to get right… er… ripe. Tommy Atkins mangos the more common mangos, and are usually grown in Mexico (originally Florida). When choosing a Tommy Atkins mango, you need to look for a mango without bruising and with as much color as possible. Green is not quite ready yet. Red is excellent, but a beautiful mix of red and yellow is the best.

How To: Freeze peaches

Eat wonderful peaches all year long. Freezing fruit is easy and a great ways to preserve and retain nutrients. Freeze your peaches now and thaw them when you are ready to make a peach pie or smoothies. This is the perfect way to make the most out of your fruit.

How To: Prepare and eat a dragonfruit

Jaqueesha demonstrates how to prepare and eat a dragonfruit. To prepare the dragonfruit you will need a knife, plate and paper towel. Preparing a dragonfruit involves simply peeling it and cutting it into pieces. First, cut off the stem which is not edible. Then, peel off the outer purple part off of the fruit can stain the skin so be sure to wash your hands after you work with the fruit. Dragonfruit has the texture of a mango. Slice the dragonfruit in half lengthwise. Then, cut each dragonfr...

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 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 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: Carve a watermelon baby stroller filled with fruit

This watermelon baby carriage is just waiting to get rolled into a baby shower! When traditional gifts like baby bibs and ginormous baskets of diapers and pacifiers won't cut it, this stroller is all that and then some. Carved out of a single piece of watermelon, the stroller comes equipped with wheels, a sun shade, and a handle for pushing.

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: Wash, cut, open, and eat a pomegranate

Eating a pomegranate for the first time can be a daunting task. This great tutorial by RawKristen demonstrates, step by step, how to wash the fruit, cut it open and which parts to eat. Both nutritious and delicious, the pomegranate is an excellent addition to your diet that you shouldn't pass by during your next visit to the grocery store. This tutorial covers helpful knife handling techniques and tips, advice on how to choose a ripe fruit and how to get the most out of what is inside.

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: 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: Open a Banana Like a Monkey

Sometimes when you have a really ripe banana or a green one it might become difficult to open it, or you break the banana when you open it. Bummer, I know! Well, all that headache and risk is over because I took a solution right from the animal kingdom. In this video, I will show you exactly how a monkey would peel a banana.

How To: Juice a pomegranate

In this tutorial, we learn how to juice a pomegranate. To do this, you will need a power juicer that can handle you juicing this fruit. Start off by cutting the pomegranate open and then scooping the seeds out of it. Once you do this, load the seeds inside of your juicer and turn it on. Then, you will hear the seeds start to become crushed inside. Place a cup underneath the spout of the machine and then finish loading up the seeds to the machine. When finished, you will have pure and natural ...

How To: Prepare a honey dew

In this video, we learn how to prepare a honey dew. Start off by cutting the end off of the honey dew. After this, cut the other end off of the melon as well. Next, you will take the knife and cut from the top to the bottom, curving the knife. Cut behind the white part so there is no more left over on the melon. Look to make sure there is minimal green left on the rind so you have only white showing. This will give you more honey dew that you can eat. When finished, you will cut this in half ...

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: Eat green mangoes in the Vietnamese tradition

In this tutorial, we learn how to properly eat green mangoes the Vietnamese way. The ingredients you need are: washed cold green mangoes, a peeler, a plate, sugar, a spoon, a bowl, and fish sauce. First, peel your mango until it's all the way free of the skin and cut the mango into slices. Now, in your small bowl you will pour in fish sauce and add in sugar, then mix together. Now, you can dip your mangoes into the sauce and eat as much as you like! This is a delicacy in Vietnam and how they ...

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: 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: 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...

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