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Learn how to slice & dice juicy mangos!
Become a mango pro with these simple tips and tricks to ensure you get every sweet, juicy bite from these tropical faves. While there are a variety of methods to cut a mango for your morning smoothie or a refreshing afternoon snack, we’ve broken it down into four easy-to-follow steps just for you!
Before taking this mango-chopping crash course, let’s learn how to pick ’em! A mango is ripe and ready to be enjoyed when it has a light, fragrant aroma and gives to gentle pressure when squeezed. Depending on the variety, a mango’s color doesn’t always determine ripeness! The best way to know when it’s ready to enjoy is by the firmness and sweet aroma.
Mangoes have an oblong seed running through the center that’s about 1/4-inch in width. Make your first slices alongside the center seed, creating two halves.
Gently make vertical slices in each half, being careful not to pierce the skin on the other side.
Once both halves have vertical slices, cut the flesh in a grid-like pattern, making small squares without slicing through the skin on the other side.
At this point, you can use a spoon to gently scoop between the flesh and the skin to pop out the cubes or you can use your hands to push the skin from underneath the flesh, creating a hedgehog-like effect. If your mango is ripe enough, you may be able to salvage a bit from the seed. Use a small paring knife alongside the seed and the skin to remove a little more goodness!
How to store mangos:
Once you have sliced or diced your mangos, you can use them right away or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about five days. They also freeze extremely well and make a delicious addition to smoothies or can be used as ice cubes in your favorite mocktail!
Be sure to spread your mango chunks on a baking sheet or cutting board to flash freeze before placing them into a freezer bag or container to prevent them from sticking together. Once they are hard enough, transfer them to your container of choice and freeze for up to six months.
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