Hot Fruit How-Tos

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: 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: Eat fuyu persimmons raw and cooked

With the arrival of fall come persimmons. One of the kinds of persimmon called Fuyu persimmons, also called sharon, are in season from September through December. What you need to look out for is that they are firm and have a nice orange color overall with smooth skin. If a persimmon does not comply to this, let it ripen on the counter until it reaches a bright overall coloring and then just eat it or use it in a salad. There are two types of persimmons, the Fuyu is better suited to be eaten ...

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Prepare pomegranates

"Preparing Pomegranates" Video Food Tip of the WeekPreparing pomegranates can be a pain. All those arils (that's the delicious, juicy part that covers the seed) squirt on your clothes while the papery white pith sticks to your fingers -- and everything else. Save yourself some hassle by prying open pomegranates over a bowl of water. The heavy arils will sink to the bottom while the pith and the spongy skin of the fruit will float -- making it easy to skim them off the surface.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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