This Is How You Dice an Avocado in 10 Seconds

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I inherited my love of avocados from my mom. When I was in high school, she showed me how to prepare one for guacamole: carefully whacking the pit with a hefty blade, twisting to remove, and then cutting a grid pattern into the flesh before scooping with a large spoon. From there: mash, mash, mash.

The task never bothered me — avocados are so delicious that the semi-annoying way that they exist is just kind of … well, fine, I guess. The extra time to slice, pit, and dice a bunch of the gator-skinned goodies before friends arrive for Taco Tuesday? Totally worth it.

But, no more. It turns out that the secret to super-fast avocado prep lies in an unassuming tool you already own.

Would you guess that it’s your cooling rack?

Just halve and pit the avocados, then firmly press them through a cooling rack placed over a bowl. Voila! You just MacGyvered yourself a Slap-Chop. Diced avocados in a flash. Know what that calls for? That’s right — a huge celebratory bowl of our perfect guacamole … just for you. Margarita optional.

Read more: How to Dice an Entire Avocado in 10 Seconds from Saveur