Thursday, July 16, 2015

Why Avocadoes & Knives Do Not Go Together

My wife has a technique for removing pits from avocadoes that involves sticking a knife point into the pit, then pulling out of the avocado.  I could not get a good stick into the pit, so I did it harder, went through the pit, the other side of the avocado, and into my hand.  Ouch!  And very bloody because of the warfarin I am taking to prevent clots in my brain.

8 comments:

Richard Clark said...

Ouch! My wife did the same thing. Very painful - no major, long term damage, but still gets twinges to this day.

When we got back from the emergency room, I ordered one of these:

http://smile.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Avocado-Slicer-Green/dp/B0088LR592/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437103432&sr=8-1&keywords=avocado+tool&pebp=1437103443919&perid=02CDPGQNKE67EF598Y6G

We are very happy with it.

Windy Wilson said...

OUCH. One time I used a pipewrench to open a half-used jar of molasses. It took six stitches. And let me tell you, when a pale man strides puposefully into the ER holding a red and white cloth in both hands, the admitting clerks do not make you wait in line, or even sit down to fill out forms. I hope your adventure didn't require more stitches or affect anything complicated or expensive in your hand.

Fidel said...

I use the belly of the blade, not the tip - and it works well.

Jumped Up NeoBarb said...

Run the knife all around the circumference all the way down to the pit, then pull the two halves apart. If they don't break cleanly it wasn't ripe. If you only need half the avocado put the half with the pit (leave the pit in) in the fridge. When you are ready to use it, cut off the oxidized layer of flesh.

Jeff Dege said...

Most folks use the edge of the knife, not the point:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGd6GfHG77I

Christopher B said...

I saw Alton Brown use this method ... rotate a knife around the avocado pit and twist the severed fruit to release the halves. Hold the half with the pit in your hand, pit up, using a towel for additional protection. Lightly strike the pit with the full blade of a knife, twist to release and remove the pit, then pinch the pit off the knife from the backside.

Clayton Cramer said...

No stitches, just compression until the miserably thin blood consented to clot.

Will said...

Might consider stocking up on some of that quick-clot stuff that is part of battlefield dressings. I have no expertise on it, so check with some of the medical bloggers who do, perhaps.