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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

A few quick comments about my smoothies.

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 10:26 AM
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  • The kiwi is easy peeled with a small serrated knife like a tomato knife...cut the top and bottom off,stand up on its end and follow the fruit from top to the bottom right at skin level continuing until you have the whole fruit left with no skin at that point drop it whole into what ever your blending or make 5 channels down in with a channel knife then slice for kiwi flowers (if your creative)...however that tomato knife makes the kiwi skinning simple and fast...I use to have to clean them by the case....and a serrated bread knife does wonder with the same process for cantaloupes and even oranges....I love the beets and carrots...but try to limit amounts of them and bananas because of their sugar content because of diabetes...I have now lost close to 25 lbs....shakes have shaken me up, and I'm a happy camper.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Mar 13, 2013, at 12:36 PM
  • Is that fork on the end of a tomato knife just used for picking things up or is there something else you can do with it?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 14, 2013, at 8:39 AM
  • You can core out the stem with it...its actually rare to find one like that any longer....you might have an antique....a fine serrated steak knife does wonders if you can find the right one....my tomato knife is a Forchner Victronix with a rubberised handle...I actually found it and a thin flexable filet knife on the counter near the register in a bait shop in Florida....they were cheap!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Mar 14, 2013, at 10:30 AM
  • You can core out the stem with it...its actually rare to find one like that any longer....you might have an antique....a fine serrated steak knife does wonders if you can find the right one....my tomato knife is a Forchner Victronix with a rubberised handle...I actually found it and a thin flexible filet knife on the counter near the register in a bait shop in Florida....they were cheap!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Mar 14, 2013, at 10:30 AM
  • oops!...kinda posted twice!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Mar 14, 2013, at 10:31 AM
  • Is there a "best way" to cut up a mango? I wrestled with one this morning, worth it, but what a mess and I never feel like I got enough off the seed.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 16, 2013, at 8:33 AM
  • you have to just slice down both sides of the seed as close as possible...the seed runs basically like the shape of the fruit....once you have a side resembling a cup of skin filled with fruit...score the fruit part with the point of the paring knife down through (without cutting the skin) into a dice size score then invert the side inside out so you have an inverted diced fruit that's easily trimmed off the skin....you can also scoop the mango out of the skin with a spoon, like you do an avocado so you can have mango slices or a different cut of the fruit...check out this site....pictures sometimes are worth a thousand words! http://www.mango.org/how-cut-mango

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Mar 16, 2013, at 11:20 AM
  • Well, you are right, the picture was worth 1,000. I was scratching my head with the words but after seeing the video, the words are clear.

    What about that center she put to the side? Surely they don't suggest throwing it away without a fight?

    Anyone ever tried growing a mango seed? Just the curious gardener coming out in me. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 16, 2013, at 8:52 PM
  • They will make huge trees with extensive roots...but they sprout and have nice leaves like an avocado seed in your kitchen window.I usually end up trashing the plant after awhile because of root rot...not real sure we have the climate for either one...In Florida I had both growing just out in the yard...my mango tree really produced but really made a mowing headache....that was south Florida near Palm Beach.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Mar 17, 2013, at 1:27 AM
  • A mowing headache? I could see where a mower could kick up a mango seed and do some damage. Is that what you meant?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 17, 2013, at 5:16 PM
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