Rachael Ray Just Taught Me the Fastest Way to Make Guacamole (You Don’t Even Need a Knife)

published May 1, 2021
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Anyone who has made a big batch of guacamole knows how tedious peeling and chopping avocados can be, but Kitchn’s Executive Food Director, Nina Elder, recently introduced me to a time-saving tip for dicing avocado halves without a knife. The trick comes from none other than Food Network superstar Rachael Ray and uses a common kitchen tool in a very unusual way. Here’s how to dice avocados for guacamole — and more — using a tool that home bakers rely on.

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Push Your Avocado Through a Cooling Rack for a No-Knife Dice

According to Rach, she has a friend to thank for this time-saving tip: Instead of peeling and chopping your avocados one at a time, use a cooling rack to dice them up. First, halve your avocados and remove the pit. Place a large cooling rack over a large bowl, then set the avocado halves cut-side down on the rack. Now for the fun part: Using the palm of your hand, press the avocado flesh through the rack. The skin will stay on top of the rack — you can gently slide if off with a little pressure to release the last bit of creamy avocado — and your bowl will magically fill with avocado cubes.

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When I first heard of this tip, I was a little skeptical, but it was as easy as promised. It won’t give you perfect avocado cubes (the cooling rack does mash some of the avocado as it passes through), but since you’ll be mashing the cubes for guacamole anyway, this is an ideal use for this tip. To make this tip really work, be sure to use a cooling rack with a cross-hatch pattern.

I love cooling racks for cookies, and even for grilling small, narrow pieces of food, but I never considered it for chopping or mashing. I can’t wait to see what other foods I can “dice” with my cooling rack!