The latest trick floating around TikTok, aka the gift that keeps on giving, involves pressing the pit out with just your fingers. Start by framing the pit with your index and middle finger and your thumb on the back of the avocado behind the pit. Apply gentle pressure and just like that, your pit pops out.
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This avocado pit hack looks almost too easy to be real. Have we really been wasting our time with elaborate pit-removal methods for nothing? As a hard-hitting investigative journalist, I decided to put this pit-popping trick to the test on five avocados ranging from firm to soft Here’s how it went.
Does that viral TikTok avocado pit hack really work?
This avocado was so firm that a bit of avo juice leaked out when I cut into it and I had to use a bit of extra force to twist the two halves away from each other. Once I began pressing, the pit was halfway across my kitchen within seconds. Aside from a deep thumb dent in the back of the avocado, the flesh was left unscathed you can’t tell I touched the flesh.
2. Medium firm
The pit bounced out with force and went straight to the floor. While pressing out the pit, my thumb punctured the skin on the back and my fingers displaced some of the flesh. But, the avocado was firm enough that after a few seconds the flesh bounced back and the indents went away.
This avo is about two days shy of being perfect. If I cut into hoping to smear it on some toast I’d be a bit sad at its level of ripeness but still able to eat it. The pit was so easy to press out that I was able to push it out slow enough to just pick the pit out when it was ready versus launching it like what happened with the first two. A chunk of avocado behind the pit also broke away from the flesh but was still detached from the pit. From a mess and required-force perspective, this pit was the easier out of the five to remove.
4. Medium soft
This was beautifully ripened avocado. As I pressed into the flesh to remove the pit, bits of smashed avocado began to push up and over the edges of the skin as my fingers dug into and broke the flesh. Still, my fingers weren’t super messy and the pit didn’t go far.
*Chefs kiss.* Perfectly ripe, this avocado separated from the pit quite quickly, but was a bit messy. I broke away some of the avocado flesh where my thumb and index finger pressed in and avocado mush pushed up the sides of the skin.
It’s safe to say that this avocado pit hack does in fact work. Any resulting mess was minimal, and the fact that all it required was three fingers and a bit of pressure makes this pit-removal tactic reign supreme.
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