How to Pit an Avocado

How to pit and slice an avocado.

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Step 1:

Slice in half lengthwise around the pit, then twist the two halves in opposite directions to separate.

Step 2:

Hold the half with the pit in a kitchen towel. Carefully knock the bottom end of a knife blade into the pit.

Step 3:

Twist the knife to remove the pit. Use the edge of a cutting board or trash can to pull the pit off the knife.

Step 4:

Slice or dice the avocado in its skin with a paring knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.