September 28, 2020

Avocado 101: How to Pick, Store and Handle the Perfect Fruit

Avocados. They’re not just for guacamole anymore. Delicious Hass avocados add great taste, lively color and a creamy texture to ordinary dishes, making them extraordinary.

From pizza to salads to sandwiches, avocados add that little something special to your recipes. Knowing how to properly select, handle and store your avocados will ensure that they add the perfect pizzazz to your meal every time.

Selecting your avocados

– When choosing your avocados, look for delicious Hass avocados. They are known for their creamy texture, have a distinctive bumpy skin and are available year-round.

– To determine the ripeness of a Hass avocado, gently squeeze the fruit-a ripe fruit will yield to gentle pressure. Hass avocados will also turn dark green to black as they ripen.

– If you are buying avocados for future use, purchase firm fruit.

– Avoid fruit with external blemishes.

Ripening

To ripen a Hass avocado, place the fruit in a paper bag with an apple for two to three days at room temperature (apples accelerate the process by giving off ethylene gas, a ripening agent).

Storing

Ripe avocados can be stored in a refrigerator or freezer for later use.

– Mash the avocado, adding 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice per 1/2 mashed avocado to prevent discoloration.

– Lay plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture before covering.

– You can refrigerate the mixture for up to two days or store in the freezer for up to two months.

Handling

– Like all fruit, wash the avocado before cutting.

– Cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed.

– Twist the halves in opposite directions to separate.

– Slip a spoon between the seed and the fruit and work the seed out.

– Slip a spoon between the skin and the fruit and scoop away from the peel.

Once you’ve selected and prepared your Hass avocados, try them in this quick, easy recipe.

Turkey and Avocado

Sandwich Wedges

1 round flat sourdough bread loaf

2 large Hass avocados, peeled and seeded, divided

3 Tbsp. salsa

3 (6 by 11/2-inch) strips roasted red pepper

1 pound thinly sliced smoked turkey

3 thin red onion slices, separated into rings

3 pepper jack cheese slices

2 romaine lettuce leaves

Instructions:

Cut a circle out of the top of the bread; tear out the inside of the bread in the bottom section to make a shell. Mash one avocado and mix with salsa; spread over the bottom of the bread. Layer pepper strips, onions, cheese and half the turkey inside the bread. Slice the remaining avocado and place on top of the cheese. Top with lettuce and remaining turkey. Replace the bread top and press down firmly to compress ingredients. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into wedges just before serving.

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Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

  • Set features an updated handle design that provides a modern and professional style while maintaining a comfortable and controlled grip
  • Includes 1-1/2- and 3-quart saucepans; 8- and 10-inch skillets; 3-1/2-quart saute pan; 8-quart stockpot; steamer insert
  • Tri-ply 18/10 stainless steel construction with aluminum core; brushed exterior, mirror-finish interior
  • Solid 18/10 stainless-steel handles stay cool on stovetop; riveted for strength
  • Tight-fitting 18/10 stainless-steel lid seals in nutrients; oven-safe to 500 degrees F

Elegant and contemporary, the Multiclad Pro line from Cuisinart consists of deluxe cookware for the professional home chef. The exteriors of the 18/10 stainless steel pots and pans feature a handsome brushed finish, while the interiors are mirror-polished for non-reactive, quick release of foods. The tri-ply Heat Surround technology sandwiches an aluminum core in the base and side walls for superior, even heating. You’ll also find solid cast stainless-steel handles that stay cool on the stov Click toRead the rest of the review here…

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13 thoughts on “Avocado 101: How to Pick, Store and Handle the Perfect Fruit

  1. Chef Kendra!! I’ve been dying to ask you this question haha. Have you ever
    considered going on one of those cooking shows like Master
    Chef/Chopped/Cutthroat Kitchen (etc)??? I think you would kick butt if you
    were on one!!! 🙂 love your videos :)

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  2. only one thing that maybe I missed – I like to fry my eggs in butter and I
    didn’t hear you say anything about that – yes I do cook “greaseless” also
    (love microwave in a cup eggs and with these I won’t have to use the
    microwave) but how about frying greasy foods like bacon – really like your
    review

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  3. 913 of 937 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Make sense of so many options, October 30, 2012
    This review is from: Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set (Kitchen)

    Navigating the cookware maze? Boil it down to 3 key decisions:

    1) Non-Stick vs. Anything Else

    Non-Stick = Not dishwasher safe, average life of 2-8 years, some believe there are health concerns, a million color/style options. If you do decide to go nonstick, Anolon is arguably the best right now and at least a solid starting place to look.

    Anything Else = Ultimately you go stainless. There’s a bevy of reasons stainless is mandated in commercial world, sanitation and longevity being two. You can buy a stainless set that lasts, in theory, for life. Dishwasher safe. A lot of the latest offerings stick very little… and perform on par w/non-stick when using a light coating.

    Face it, you buy non-stick out of laziness. Well, I’d rather my dishwasher clean off the “stick” than my hand have to clean off the “non-stick”.

    2) Ok, so I’m going stainless! What now?

    Once again you have two choices… All Clad brand or Cuisinart brand. Anything else is at best “close”, or worse “nowhere near as good”. These are the two top brands, and are what you’ll typically find in people’s homes who cook for a living.

    All Clad is an excellent choice, but ultimately you pay a little more and get fewer “nice touches” like lids and design elements. Some claim All Clad is harder to clean up as well. While I don’t advocate letting a small price difference sway you on something that will last decades, in this case you really get a slightly better product with Cuisinart. If you fancy a particular offering from All Clad though, you won’t regret your choice.

    3) OK, so you’ve sold me on Cuisinart. What should I choose?

    You’ve found this listing so you’re in the right place. There are three tiers:

    MultiClad Pro – Widest selection, utility in mind. The pro line you buy to use for a generation. Has about every pot/pan permutation you can think of available.

    MultiClad Unlimited – Like MultiClad Pro but with anodized finish that I like better. Unfortunately has fewer options (e.g. only a 2 & 4 quart saucepan). Ultimately this is a tool so I go with the more varied pro line. The Pro has stood the test of time and is clearly the more popular choice for a reason. (**Update – I think I’ve found why Unlimited is less popular – on cuisinart’s site it appears the anodized unlimited dose not work on induction whereas pro does. Pro works on induction, halogen, glass ceramic, gas, and electric which covers everything.**)

    Chef’s classic – Tier below Unlimited. Don’t be tempted, the price difference isn’t that great.

    Note that back in the day there was copper clad, but that’s basically a gimmick. Copper heats quickly, but there isn’t enough on the pan to make a functional difference so you’d only buy them because they are prettier on the outside. (They aren’t offered anymore so you won’t be tempted.)

    Other points:

    *Price: Currently as of 10/2012 it’s around $275. (**Update 11/2012 Looks like Amazon is pricing this cheap for the holidays, currently at $243. That’s the same price as the older MCP-12 and a pretty good deal. Normally I would expect to see this price at around $260.**)

    *If you haven’t heard of it, buy some “barkeeper’s friend”. Even the cookware manufacturers recommend it. This stuff will fix virtually anything that you can’t otherwise clean away. (Only need to use it when all else fails.)

    Bar Keepers Friend® Cleanser & Polish: 12 OZ

    *If you’re still wavering, check out the reviews on the previous version of this set (MCP-12). At time of this writing it was 572 reviews and averaged 4.5 stars. A ton of people own this set and are happy with it. That means you are very likely to be happy too. Here’s a link to the previous model where you can read reviews to your heart’s content:

    Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

    *Differences between the older MCP-12 and this set MCP-12N:
    About $15 bucks as of 10/2012
    Handle Design
    (Yep that’s about it)

    *If this is all the pots/pans you’ll ever need and you want to save a few bucks, I’d suggest watching the MCP-12 set for a deal as it phases out. If you have dreams of adding to this set over the coming years then you’re going to have to get the MCP-12N as you don’t know how much longer the MCP-12 model offerings will be available and you’d wind up with a mismatched set.

    *Cooking an egg on stainless is still a pain… you just can’t beat non-stick for that. Go buy a single non-stick skillet if you just have to have that. I did…

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  4. 210 of 216 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Set of Cookware at a Great Price, Questionable Warranty Service, December 28, 2012
    By 
    ultraconsumer “Luke M.” (Portland, OR) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Cuisinart MCP-12N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set (Kitchen)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 9:23 Mins

    Pros:
    +Really good looking (I greatly prefer the brushed exterior over polished)
    +Set includes a lid that will fit each pan (not all at the same time, though)
    +Curved lip for easy pouring
    +Includes exactly the pieces I’d want
    +Overall build quality rivals that of sets costing 2x the price or more
    +Will probably last a lifetime

    Cons:
    -Does take a bit of work to get used to and maintain (proper preheating and use of oil as well as a bit more elbow grease to clean over non-stick)
    -Questionable warranty (representative placed strong emphasis on the word “LIMITED” before “Lifetime”, customer pays shipping BOTH WAYS).

    After doing quite a bit of research, I decided to purchase this set of pans over any set I found locally or online. At 209 bucks, I really feel like this was a bargain (it’s worth 300, realistically), especially with its excellent and beautiful construction. It’s try-ply CLAD, which means three layers (Magnetized Stainless, Aluminum Core, 18/10 Stainless) are used throughout the pan, including up the side walls. Note that not all tri-ply cookware is like this; be careful of “try-ply BASE” cookware which only uses this setup on the bottom of the pan (they’re easy to spot because they have a seam around the base of the pan).

    I almost went for the Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad pieces you can pick up for a reasonable price at Wal-Mart, but decided against it as this set looks better visually and includes all the pieces I wanted; finding all the Tramontina pieces I’d need looked like quite a chore.

    I didn’t believe that I’d be able to cook on such low heat given the fact that my glass electric cooktop has taken so long to cook things in the past, but it really does work great. I pre-heat on level 5 (out of 10) until a water drop “skates” on the cooking surface, then back the heat off to 3.5 for a consistent cooking temp. Works great, seems to cook faster than my previous cookware at higher heat, PLUS no warping on any of these pans so they actually lay flat on my range.

    If you understand the pros and cons of cooking in stainless and decide to go with it over non-stick, this set is the one to look at if you want something to last a lifetime.

    The biggest negative for this set is the questionable support. Half of this assertion is based on other peoples’ experiences I’ve read about, and half is for my own experience. I received my set with a dented lid (probably put in the package dented), and Cuisinart’s support told me I’d be better off working with Amazon to resolve it since I’d have to pay shipping BOTH WAYS on a defective-out-of-the-box product. He also made sure to place emphasis on the word “Limited” in “Limited Lifetime Warranty”, strongly implying that they reserved the right to not cover certain aspects of failure. Interesting, considering mine had arrived with a defective piece straight away. If you end up needing to use your warranty, be prepared to pay nearly as much in shipping (two ways) as a brand new replacement for the piece.

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  5. 110 of 120 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So pleased!, October 24, 2012
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    All4Him

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    I ordered this set due to a great deal that was offered a few weeks back, making the set more affordable than the older model. This model, MCP-12N is the new version (with improved handle shaping and placement-I contacted Cuisinart to ask about the difference) of the MCP-12. I’ve always had cheap model Revereware, or bought scratch and dent pans from stores. This is the first nice set of cookware I’ve ever purchased. I was skeptical because I read ALL reviews on the older model. There were some negative ones, and I was leary. While affordable, they are still priced higher than what I’m used to buying. Oh-about price; I checked several places and Amazon’s price has yet to be beat.

    I was provided an estimated delivery date between the first and second week of November. Then Amazon sent me an email last week stating the pots would be available sooner. They arrived this past Monday, and I LOVE them! I’ve only cooked 3 meals so far, but I’ve used quite a bit of the pots to do so. The lids are awesome–light, easy to hold because the handle bends high (your knuckles don’t touch the hot lid), and they seal wonderfully while cooking. I have a smooth-top stove and these are working great. On other reviews from the older model, I saw complaints about sticking but I have not had that problem. I have cooked eggs, sausage, veggies, I’ve steamed veggies in the steamer insert…etc. I have experienced no problems, and only use a light spray of olive or canola spray. I have no spots, no stains, no discoloration so far. I did grab barkeepers friend from the store (sorry Amazon, but that stuff is much cheaper in the stores than online) based on other review suggestions but I don’t need it yet. These are so easy to clean.

    The construction of this cookware is wonderful. They are sturdy, the handles are very sturdy (and the long handles really do stay cool on the stove top, but the “helper” handles get hot if you are boiling/steaming with a lid on). They are heavy enough to show their great construction and material, but not too heavy to handle and move between stove, sink, cabinets, etc. I highly recommend this set – especially if you are looking for a higher quality cookeware, but can’t pay $600 – over $1000 for some. I was fortunate to grab these at a lower price than currently showing today. I will definitely purchase add on cookware from the Multi-Clad Pro line to add to my collection as I need. I see there are nice multi-use pots/pans from this line and I can’t wait to build my set. The set in this offer is wonderful and has everything you need.

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