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How to Cut a Pineapple, Watermelon and Other Difficult Fruits Easily

How to cut a pineapple

Pineapples, watermelons, kiwis, mangos and avocados – these are among my favorite fruits to eat. But to be honest, every time I’m at the grocery store and I see and crave one I remember the struggle. The struggle of cutting and cleaning them makes me rethink buying them. I know this has been super lazy of me and so finally I decided to try out a few different techniques to find the easiest and quickest ways to cut these fruits. With some tricks and tools, I’ve put together a video on how to cut a pineapple, watermelon and the rest of these difficult to cut but easy to devour fruits. I hope this helps you save time on cutting and gives you more time to enjoy these healthy and delicious fruits.

How To Cut A Pineapple

After trying several techniques, I got the best results from the special OXO pineapple slicer – and that’s how to cut a pineapple effortlessly and perfectly every time.

What You’ll Need:

Steps:

First, cut off the top of the pineapple. Then measure the height of the pineapple using the numbers indicated on the OXO pineapple slicer. This will help tell you later when you’ve sliced your way to the bottom of your pineapple. Holding the pineapple with one hand, insert the OXO slicer into the top, and with a strong grip push it in. Start turning the handle to start slicing! Once you’ve reached the bottom (remember you’ll know because you’ll reach the number/height you measured before), push the buttons to release the OXO handle. Now you can slide off the pineapple rings and leave as is or cut to your desired slices.

How To Cut A Watermelon

I loved this method because it’s a fun way to serve watermelon to your guests.

What You’ll Need:

  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife

Steps:

First, cut the watermelon in half. Set one aside, and place the other with the skin facing up. Start slicing the watermelon into long strips, keeping the pieces together. Then turn the watermelon and slice across creating “cubes.” You can pull out the cubes and serve them this way, or serve the watermelon just like this and have your guests pull out the pieces as desired.

How To Cut A Kiwi

I can’t believe I used to peel kiwis. This is easy as 1-2-3, literally.

What You’ll Need:

  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • A dinner or dessert spoon (depending on the size of your kiwi)

Steps:

First, cut off the ends of the kiwi. Then take your spoon (you can use a dinner or dessert spoon depending on the size of your kiwi) and carefully insert in between the flesh of the kiwi and the skin, making sure you’re as close to the skin as possible to not waste any kiwi. Then twist the spoon all the way around the kiwi until you’ve detached all the skin. The skin will come right off and you can slices or dice your kiwi to your liking.

How To Cut A Mango

I used to do the whole dice and cut method with mangos (where you cut the mango into cubes with the skin attached, then cut the individual cubes out.) This way you can use a spoon to scoop out the mango flesh with one motion.

What You’ll Need:

  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • A paring knife
  • A dinner spoon

Steps:

First cut the mango from both sides, parallel to the pit. If your knife gets stuck that probably means you’ve hit the pit and should cut a little further away from the pit. Place one of the mango pieces skin side down on your cutting board and using a paring (or any other sharp knife) apply just enough pressure to cut to the skin but not through the skin. Cut into long slices and then insert a dinner spoon between the flesh and the skin to remove the mango. Chop up or leave as is!

How To Cut An Avocado

I’ve cut myself too many times trying to get stubborn avocado pits out. And that’s why the OXO avocado tool is my new favorite kitchen tool.

What You’ll Need:

Steps:

First, cut the avocado into two pieces using the OXO 3 in 1 avocado tool’s plastic blade (I love this blade because it’s sharp enough to cut through the avocado’s skin but because it’s plastic it won’t cut your skin). Use the metal pitting tool and insert the spikes into the pit, twisting to remove it. Lastly, use the round end of the tool to slice. Simply slice across your avocado for long even strips and dice it after if desired. Note: you can use a paring knife to follow the same steps, but be careful when inserting your paring knife into the seed so that you don’t cut yourself!

 

 

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Tina Tovmasian
Lover of fashion, DIY projects and cooking, I’m the content director at Sointheknow.com, where I get to curate fun editorial pieces with our team- plus, share all the fun things I love to do as a wife and mommy. Prior to joining the team, I worked in Marketing and Consumer Research mainly with Entertainment companies like Disney and NBC Universal. Anytime I catch a break, you’ll find me indulging in the guilty pleasure of dressing up and photographing my 3 year old daughter Sophie or snapping pictures of my littlest one Christian. A few confessions: I’m dangerously addicted to Hot Cheetos, believe anything can be cured with a glass of red vino (it’s a mom thing!), love to binge watch TV shows late at night and feel like I’m living on the wrong continent (oh how I love Europe). Nice to meet you, can’t wait to share more with you all!