Whether you are a pro or a novice in the kitchen, some vegetables and fruits can surely give you a difficult time to chop. However, cooking must continue as you include these fruits and vegetables in your recipe to make those delicious meals.
Try out these top fruits and vegetables chopping hacks to make your task easier. You can find an infographic of the chopping hacks at Daniel Scott Kitchens.
1. Chop plum or cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are small, and you may find it challenging to slice them as you prepare your salad. However, with the chopping hack, you only need to place the tomatoes on a plate, put another plate on top and as you hold the plate on top firmly with one hand, slice through the gap between the plates with a knife using the other hand. Voila! Your tomatoes are all chopped.
2. Chop onions
Tired of crying when chopping onions? Cut off the top of the onion. Slice the onion it into two through the root center. Slice long thin strokes lengthwise leaving the root intact. Make two cuts horizontally and then cut the onion top to bottom.
3. Dice butternut squash
Butternut squash can be tough to peel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slice it. Soften it by putting it in the microwave for about five minutes. After it cools, slice the ends off and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Cut it into quarters, use a spoon to remove the seeds and then chop it into cubes.
4. Prepare fennel bulb
Fennel is an excellent ingredient for stews and salads whether raw or cooked. To chop up the bulb, remove the stalks, cut off the base and then cut the bulb into two. Take out the core from the two halves and then cut long thin slices lengthwise. Don’t discard the other parts of the fennel since they are also edible.
5. Chop up the pineapple
Pineapple looks good when full and tastes excellent when chopped up. But how do you manage the upheaval task? Start by getting rid of the ends. Put the pineapple upright and cut it in the middle. Take out the core from the halves by cutting diagonally from the two sides. Cut the halves again in half to get quarters. Cut small slices of about a centimeter wide without piercing the skin. Remove the slices from the skin by cutting along sideways.
6. Slice mangos
Mangoes are delicious but can be messy to cut. How do you hack it? To chop it, cut the sides of the mango just near the seed. Cut each side into small cubes without getting to the skin. Remove the cubes using a spoon, and there you have it.
7. Trouble getting pomegranate seeds?
You can get the seeds quickly. Start by cutting the top of pomegranate six times in a hexagonal shape and remove it. Slice along the sides depending on the number of segments. The slices should be thick enough to allow you to pull the sides apart. Remove the papery center material, and you have the seeds.
8. Juice the lime
Getting juice out of the lime can feel like a struggle. Not anymore. Cut the lime into three parts lengthwise. Now you have two sides and the middle section. Cut the sides of the central portion such that you are left with the core. Squeeze the juice out from the cut pieces. Wring the core like a wet cloth to squeeze the juice.