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amandajj Apr 24, 2008 03:10 AM

Hello everyone

Probably a stupid request, but please can anyone give me some tips about how best to cut a mango?

I can never seem to do it tidily - I always end up with squashed portions!!

Many thanks,
Amanda

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  1. bitsubeats RE: amandajj Apr 24, 2008 03:54 AM

    you KINDA somewhat sorta cut it like an avocado.

    what I do is I first peel the outside with a veggie peeler. Then i balance it (kinda dangerous), and cut each "cheek" off and then slice however.

    you can also slice each cheek off, without peeling before hand, and then cut into it without cutting the skin kinda like you do with an avocado. turn inside out and cut off the squares. I know that doesn't make much sense, but perhaps after looking at this photo it will help out some:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/139/40...

    after looking at some mango websites i notice that nobody cuts them the way I do ): oh well

    also look at this

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=H3s_GQqxxx...

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      jlafler RE: bitsubeats Apr 24, 2008 07:29 AM

      I used to peel the mango before cutting, but after a couple of close calls with mangos slipping on the cutting board, I quit that practice. Cutting the flesh off the skin is a little more trouble, but a lot safer.

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        amandajj RE: bitsubeats Apr 24, 2008 02:34 PM

        thanks so much - I will have a go and hopefully be more successful than I have been previously.

        Thanks again,
        Amanda

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          pescatarian RE: amandajj Apr 25, 2008 01:54 PM

          I can't imagine peeling the thick skin of a mango with a vegetable peeler. Then again, I peel most things with a sharp chef's knife like you would peel an apple from the top to bottom in one spiral. Then I cut both sides of on either side of the core and cut the half moons as needed and eat the bit around the core.
          If I don't care how the cuts come out, I might not bother peeling and cut the sides off and then dice or slice the flesh inside the peel, as you would with pineapple and then fold back the skin to cut off the diced or sliced flesh.

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          EmileJ RE: bitsubeats Apr 28, 2008 07:43 PM

          unlike the avacodo, I like the peel of mango, to eat that is. So I cut it from the pit then cut the peel away for those who don't like it. For me the whole thing pops inot my mouth.

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            yayadave RE: bitsubeats Apr 28, 2008 08:14 PM

            I googled "prepare a mango video" and found a lot of videos. Here are two more that look promising.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd7onf...
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLdPj...

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            Diane in Bexley RE: amandajj Apr 24, 2008 06:04 AM

            First prerequisite is a sharp paring or boning knife. Hold the mango firmly in one hand, with cutting hand, stick point about 1/3 way horizontally into mango, feeling for the large pit. Slice piece horizontally. Now you can put mango on cutting board, again with point of knife, feel for end of large pit (usually about 1/3 way from top). Make another horizontal slice. Your mango should now be cut in 3 pieces, 1 of which is large unusable pit. Again with sharp paring knife, make diagonal slices in X shape through 2 sections of usable mango. Flip out meat so that you can cut off leaving skin, this will yield small cubes of mango flesh. There is usually some edible mango attached to pit, this is cook's treat. Mango tastes much better refrigerated, make sure it is cold when you eat.

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              jlafler RE: Diane in Bexley Apr 24, 2008 07:24 AM

              I concur -- this is a good method. Just wanted to re-emphasize that with mangos, you need to accept that there will be a bit of flesh -- sometimes quite a lot -- left clinging to the pit, especially at the ends. I think the reason a lot of people get messy mango pieces is because they try to use this flesh. Just slurp it up in whatever way seems best to you.

            2. Icantread RE: amandajj Apr 24, 2008 11:13 AM

              I'm sure it's not the proper way, but just how i ended up cutting them after growing up with a mango tree in the yard (the purple and green variety, not the filipinos): hold firmly in one hand and start peeling from either the tip or the stem, should create some ribbons. Then I score a grid into it and finally slice. Obviously not good if you want those big beautiful slices, but I found I took the most meat off of it with the least hassle.

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                RicRios RE: amandajj Apr 25, 2008 01:16 PM

                Then, you have the gadgets. Like... the Oxo Mango Splitter:

                http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/ga...

                You didn't hear it from me, OK? I hate gadgets.

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                  itri RE: RicRios Apr 25, 2008 01:49 PM

                  The mango splitter works great as long as your mango isn't ripe to the point of being squishy. If it's that ripe, the blade isn't sharp enough to cut through the skin without squishing the flesh inside. I have and like my mango splitter, but as I've gotten more confidence in how to deal with a mango, it's become just as easy to cut using a knife.

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                  lgss RE: amandajj Apr 25, 2008 04:05 PM

                  Sounds like you want it to look tidy for serving...
                  For eating a mango oneself, the over the sink with juice dripping off the elbows method seems to work. :-)

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                    MexicoKaren RE: lgss Apr 25, 2008 08:21 PM

                    I live in Mexico and mango season is just beginning - I cut up LOTS of mangoes, and the method described by Diane in Bexley works pretty well. The dicing method works, too - it depends on the firmness of the mango. The Oxo gadget does not work at all unless the mangoes are not ripe. To use up those pits with lots of fruit still on them, put them in a pitcher, sprinkle some sugar on them and fill the pitcher with water. You have agua fresca - very popular drink here in Mexico.

                  2. alkapal RE: amandajj Apr 26, 2008 11:55 AM

                    once it is pitted, this mango scoop is terrific (the orange one). i got it on sale at williams-sonoma, and have used it to scoop out fresh young coconut. so easy! will be using a lot.
                    http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-GT-...

                    1. Veggo RE: amandajj Apr 26, 2008 12:04 PM

                      I just slice the 2 sides off the pit, and eat it with a spoon. The skin is the bowl. A little lime juice..my absolute favorite fruit.

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                        HillJ RE: amandajj Apr 26, 2008 05:13 PM

                        I was taught to use the top of the pit (the little black nob) as a guide. Cut on both sides of that dark nob and you should be as close to getting the largest amount of mango fruit as possible. I do this skin on and peel it back after its cut away from the pit. Then I go in and scrap what ever fruit still surrounds the pit. It's a messy fruit, but so worth it!

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                          sarah galvin RE: HillJ Apr 28, 2008 04:32 PM

                          This is exactly what they say on the mango website, I can find the url if you want me to. Up until scraping out of the skin. They recommend making criss cross cuts in the flesh and invert the skin to pop it out. Then scrape the skin. The first one was awkward but I'm now a convert. No need to buy special equipment unless you are doing a ton of them all the time.

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                            HillJ RE: sarah galvin Apr 28, 2008 06:22 PM

                            sarah, I probably read it myself at some point. My mom, my mango mentor, taught me the best way-she bought a large carton one summer and said "okay, girl get to it.!" the criss cross method once separated from the pit makes for a much neater presentation. But I completely agree that a special gadget isn't necessary here.

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                            Pia RE: HillJ Apr 28, 2008 07:14 PM

                            After cutting it into three slices -- pit in the middle, big slices on both sides -- I cut each large slice into three vertical slices. Then it's easy to cut the peel off each slice and cut the slice in 2 or 3 pieces. Finally, I cut two small slices from the sides of the pit. I usually just peel and eat these.

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                            Querencia RE: amandajj Apr 28, 2008 09:32 PM

                            Dainty way to eat mango: Cut mango in half the long way, pushing a pointed knife all the way to the seed. The seed is flat and you want to cut along the edge of it. Then, holding over the sink, twist the two halves apart. The seed will cling to one. Cut around the seed with the point of the knife. Serve the mango on the half-shell with a spoon (serrated grapefruit spoon is good) . Also, give many napkins because the mango-eater must hold the seed in his hand and sort of gnaw on it.

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                              sarah galvin RE: Querencia Apr 28, 2008 10:12 PM

                              I would hold it over a bowl so as to not lose any juice!

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