People, even strangers, often come up to me and ask, "How can I get perfect slices from an avocado?
It's not that I'm secretive about it, but it's hard to tell someone without showing how it's done. So here it is, my Public Service Announcement, with pictures (although the copyright says "SkyePuppy," the photos were taken by my daughter under duress).
First, remove the little stem piece. Don't use a major knife, because some delicate work is called for. I like to use a slender steak knife. Start at the top and cut down until the knife stops at the seed, then tilt the knife forward, cutting the skin downward toward the bottom (click to enlarge any of the pictures):
Then tilt the knife back toward you, cutting the skin around the front and the bottom:
Keep going, turning the avocado, until your cut meets up with your first cut:
Give it a little twist:
Take the half without the seed and cut it almost in half, stopping just before breaking the knife through the back part of the skin:
This is the delicate part. Run the knife through the avocado several times, with the knife tip brushing but not cutting the skin:
Your avocado is now sliced:
Bend the skin back to release the slices. Sometimes the skin isn't flexible and breaks apart in little annoying pieces. As an alternative, you can use a spoon to scoop out the slices. This time, the skin cooperated perfectly:
Here are the slices from the first part:
And from the rest of this half:
If you're not going to eat the whole avocado at once (for example, when you're sandwiching alone), then you'll want to keep the second half from turning brown or black until you get back to it. Air will blacken an avocado much too fast. Keep the seed in place and drip some lime or lemon juice on top of the exposed avocado and slip it into a sandwich bag. Remove as much air as possible and store in the refrigerator:
When you're ready for the second half, remove from the bag, poke the tip of the knife into the seed near the avocado flesh, and pry the seed out:
Then slice as above.
Amaze your friends! Impress your enemies! Have perfect avocado slices from now on.