Hot Fruit How-Tos

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: 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: 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: Cut the meat of a mango

Cutting the meat off a mango can be tricky if you don't know there is a pit inside. Chef Paul talks about mangos and shows you how to cut the fleshy part off in this how to video. Watch and learn to dice the mango and enjoy this tropical fruit.

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: Prepare a pomegranate for eating

In this tutorial, we learn how to prepare a pomegranate for eating. These are very messy fruits, so make sure you place it on a surface that has a plate underneath it. Take a sharp knife and cut down the center of the pomegranate until you reach the bottom. Now, quarter the halves and push the skin back so the seeds are exposed. As you do this, you can pick the seeds off and eat them, or place into a bowl to eat later on. When finished, enjoy eating these delicious seeds with your favorite fl...

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: 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: Dry fruit from your garden

Curtis Smith of Southwest Yard and Garden show viewers how they can dry fruit from their garden. First, you need to wash your hands before handling your fruit. To wash your hands you want to remove any jewelry, wet your hands, lather your hands and rub them together for 20 seconds and rinse. Dry them on a clean towel so you don't recontaminate. You can dry fruit in your oven if you don't have a dehydrator by setting your oven on the lowest setting, 150 degrees F, and leaving the oven open unt...

How To: Skin and segment a pineapple

Rene S Frivaldo the "Chefingala" shows us how to cut and display two pineapples on a platter in less than 5 minutes. The top and bottom sections of a pineapple are first chopped off. The pineapple is then halved. The center on each half is then removed by cutting out a v-shaped wedge. The skin together with the eyes are then remove. Both the pineapple halves are then sliced into sections and placed decoratively on the platter. The pineapple crown is sliced lengthwise and placed as a decorativ...

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: 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: Peel a mango

Mangoes are not easy to peel. This technique shows how to preserve them in the freezer. Mangoes start off green and become purple and then finally orange. When they are brilliant colored, it's time to pick them or buy them. They have a clear almost sticky juice when they're ready. The central stone is flat and round. It's quite hard to remove. Use a thin flexible life to follow the contour of the mango. Lie it down on one of its flat sides. Then peel it in small sections, holding it still wit...

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: Extract the seeds from a pomegranate

The video's author teaches how to quickly remove the seeds from a pomegranate without difficulty. Begin by slicing your pomegranate in half, exposing the seeds. Palm the fruit with the rind side in over a dish. Rotate the pomegranate half while tapping it from the side with a hefty spoon.

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: 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: 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: Make a flavorful, delicious applesauce

Applesauce isn't boring at all! This video shows you a few ways you can add some jazz to your applesauce. The key is in getting the right variety of apple, and making sure that your apples are fresh and ripe. Make a flavorful, delicious applesauce.

How To: Make classic chocolate and caramel coated apples

Half snack, half dessert and completely delicious! All you need to make these are: Granny Smith (green) apples, caramel, chocolate melting wafers and your favorite chopped nuts. You will also need some lollipop sticks or bamboo skewers and a small hammer. Make classic chocolate and caramel coated apples.

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.

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: 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 a pineapple

In this video, we learn how to cut a pineapple. First, take your pineapple and remove the leaves from it. Then, using a sharp knife you will cut off both ends of the pineapple. From here, turn the fruit on one side and gently cut the edges off of it with the sharp knife. Continue to do this all the way around the pineapple until there is no more skin left on it. After this, you will place the fruit on it's side and cut it into thick slices. After this, take each individual slice and cut the r...

How To: Prepare cantaloupe

In this tutorial, we learn how to prepare a cantaloupe. First, cut the top and the bottom off of the cantaloupe. After you have these cut off, take a sharp knife and cut from the top to the bottom of the fruit. Cut just the skin off, making sure you get the least amount of orange left on the skin when it's cut off. Continue to cut all the way around the cantaloupe until there is no more green or skin left on the fruit. After this, cut the fruit in half and then scoop out all the seeds. From h...

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: 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 ...

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