Hot Fruit How-Tos

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Prepare dried prunes

In this video Genevieve Ko gives a few ideas for prunes and plums. She prepares dried plum muffins. She starts preparing the muffin by stirring egg, milk and melted butter with wholegrain muffin mix. Then chopped dried plum is added and mixed well. The batter is poured in a muffin tray and is baked at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Then she prepares a great appetizer by placing a scoop of blue cheese on the dried plum and tops it with bacon. Finally she prepares Pork tenderloin that would ...

How To: Select and cut a mango

Chef Allen Susser first tells us about many different kinds of mangos and that he uses them often in his cooking. He then demonstrates how to select a mango, and then properly cuts it. Learn tips such as signs when a mango is ripe and how to choose the right one, as well as various methods of cutting and preparing mangos for cooking. You will learn how to slice or dice a mango in just seconds with a few excellent techniques. Cutting and preparing mangos for cooking is easy after watching this...

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: Seed and eat a pomegranate with bowl of water

Pomegranate is native to Persia and it is a combination of two Latin words that mean apple and seeds. Wear old clothes and put a paper towel over the cutting board because the juice of the pomegranate can spray out and it stains. Start by cutting off the top and bottom of the pomegranate. Score the pomegranate by cutting through the skin in four different places. Get a bowl of water and hold it under water while you pull the skin off. As you take the pomegranate apart you are trying to get th...

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: 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: 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: Eat a pomegranate without making a mess

Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and pack a strong, tangy flavor, but how in the world do you open them without making a mess? Learn how to open pomegranates, and also how to make juice from the ruby-red seeds inside. You can eat the seeds just as they are. If you want to make pomegranate juice, you can throw the seeds in a blender. Or for a quick and fun way, you can also place them into a plastic freezer bag. Remove most of the air, seal the zipper, and use a rolling pin to break the s...

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: 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: Easily open a pomegranate mess free

Use these steps and you will be able to open up a pomegranate, mess-free! *Select pomegranates by weight not color!* Remember the heavier they are the more juice they contain! Here is how to open a pomegranate: mess free! Cut the crown of the pomegranate off - (the top of it). Take your knife and cut through the membrane of the pomegranate (the middle). Get a bowl of water and separate the seeds from the membrane inside the bowl. The seeds will sink to the bottom, and scoop out the membrane w...

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: 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: Easily peel and cut a pineapple

This instructional video will show you how to peel and cut a pineapple. Follow these steps to peel and cut a pineapple: Cut off the top and bottom. Start cutting the skin off the pineapple, by sliding your knife in behind the seeds, and cutting down. Repeat this step until the pineapple is peeled. Now you need to get rid of the core. Make four cuts directly against the core. Slice the remaining pineapple chinks as preferred.

How To: Open a coconut Samoan style

Ah coconuts, such a delicious...seed? Yeah, it's technically not a nut, but who cares. It tastes excellent once you get it open, which is no easy task. Ever wondered how to open a coconut without resorting to hammers, screwdrivers, chisels, or other unwieldly tools? Filmed in Hawaii at the Polynesian Heritage Centre this video explains how the Polynesian people do it - and it's so easy once you know how.

How To: Eat a kumquat

Have an itch for a kumquat? Don't know what a kumquat is? It's a fruit. Venture out of of your everyday apple, and follow these steps to impress your friends with your knowledge of this funnily named fruit.

How To: Supreme a citrus fruit

To supreme a citrus fruit is to remove the fruit's fleshy sections from the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds. This creates glittery wedges that are the perfect addition to fruit salads and other delicious desserts. Check out this how to video to learn how to prepare these citrus-y segments with the supreme technique.

How To: Peel and eat a cactus pear

The cactus pear, or better in known in some grocery stores as the prickly pear, is an underrated fruit, mostly because of the spines that you have to deal with. In this video you will learn about the different types of prickly pears, and the best method to peeling and consuming your pear. Be prepared to get a few pricks in the process!

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