Hot Fruit How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: Determine whether watermelons are ripe or not ripe

One of the hardest fruits to determine the freshness of is the watermelon. It's the biggest question in the produce department of grocery stores, so you're not the only one having problems. This video from YourProduceGuy gives you the tips to finding out what to do when picking out a fresh and perfectly ripe watermelon and the local store. There's a sweet spot for every fruit.

How To: Open a variety of coconuts

In this tutorial, we learn how to open a variety of coconuts. These fruits can be extremely difficult to open up, but it can be done. First, you will need to have a very large and sharp knife and all of your types of coconuts. To open them up, you will need to first crack the skin of the coconut with the sharp knife. On other coconuts, you can simply use the knife to cut the outer skin off to get to the milk that is in the middle. Whichever way you choose, just make sure you have a very sharp...

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: 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: 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: 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 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: Cut and serve a dragon fruit (also known as pitahaya)

Interested in cutting up a dragon fruit? With the proper technique, it's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this free video cooking lesson can present a complete overview of the process in about two minutes. For more information, including the full recipe, and to get cutting up your own pitahayas, watch this video guide.

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: 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 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: Make a banana dog for kids with Cricket Azima

This fun twist on a sandwich is guaranteed not to be traded or thrown away. Follow along as our Food Network host shows you how to make banana dogs for your kids. This cooking how-to video is part of Cooking for Kids show hosted by Cricket Azima. Kid-food expert Cricket Azima makes yummy and healthy meals the little ones will flip over. Banana dogs are so easy to make, you can have the kids help you make them.

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: Slice a ripe peach with a forward cut

Generally if you can get your knife through a peach and produce smaller, more bite-sized chunks, that's good enough. We're not all too picky about how beautiful our peach slices look when we're scarfing one down post workout, but sometimes it's important to give a good presentation.

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: Make peanut butter banana sticks with Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray whips up a quick treat-on-a-stick that all ages will love. Follow along as Rachael shows you how to make peanut butter banana sticks. This cooking how-to video is part of 30 Minute Meals show hosted by Rachael Ray. Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less time than it takes to get takeout? Let Rachael Ray show you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining, Rachael promises that her dazzling dishes will never ...

How To: Use fruit cutting tools

On this episode of FoodGear add a little spice to your summer fruit consumption. At a standard kitchen store, you should be able to find every kind of fruit cutting gadget under the summer sun. Watch this instructional cooking video for advice on choosing grapefruit knives, strawberry holers and melon ballers. Remember, a fruit cutting tool won't actually make the fruit taste better.

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: 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: 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.

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