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Fresh mangoes are a delicious and versatile ingredient and can be used in savory meals, sweet desserts, and healthy snacks. The first step to any tasty mango recipe, however, is to learn how to properly cut the fruit.
With a large, hard pit in the center, mangoes are one of the more difficult fruits to cut safely and properly. Luckily, there are a few simple techniques you can easily master to confidently cut and slice your mangoes at home.
To begin, select a mango that is ripe and ready for eating. Then make sure you have the right tools for the job. Use a sturdy cutting board and select high-quality, well-sharpened knives for the job. A high-quality chef's knife gets the job done safely and easily. You can also use a paring knife or a serrated edge knife. With a knife you feel confident about, you're ready to start cutting.
How to Cut off the Mango Cheeks
Place the mango upright on your cutting board. Position your knife just off-center, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the outside, and slice straight down, letting the knife lightly graze the center pit. If it starts to cut into the pit, simply move the knife over slightly and continue cutting.
Rotate the mango to the opposite side and slice off the other cheek of flesh. You will then have two large pieces of mango; you can discard the pit. If , you can now enjoy! If cooking, follow the methods below for more ways to cut the mango.
Easy Diced Mango
Follow the instructions above to cut off the mango cheeks. Take the two cheeks and slice through the flesh in a checkerboard pattern, but not through the skin. Then, take a spoon and scoop out the diced mango pieces.
Easy Sliced Mango
Follow the instructions above to cut off the mango cheeks. Take each piece and make long, vertical cuts through the flesh and skin. Next, take the mango slices and use a sharp paring knife to cut the peel from each slice.
The Hedgehog Cut
This visually appealing cut is simple and can make a mango stand out on the fruit table. Follow the instructions above to cut off the cheeks. Then take each cheek and slice through the flesh, but not through the skin, in a checkerboard pattern. Gently press the back of the mango to invert the fruit. The cut pieces will form a shape like a hedgehog. You can display the mango like this or use a paring knife to cut the cubes from the skin and serve.
When you're ready to put your mango cutting skills to good use, try this deliciously simple mango salsa recipe. A fresh, juicy mango makes this salsa a hit every time.
Quick Chopped Mango Salsa
- 3 ripe mangoes, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1 medium lime, juiced
- A pinch of cinnamon
- Salt to taste
In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients. Toss lightly to mix. Season to taste with salt. Let the salsa rest for 10 to 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend before serving.
Knowing how to perfectly cut a mango and having safe, high-quality knives to help you do the job right makes this recipe so quick and easy that you'll find yourself pulling out mangoes all the time!
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