– Hey guys, and welcome to day 12 of the Food Styling Challenge. I am so excited that you’re here. I hope that you’ve gotten to catch some of the other days in the challenge. This morning, we’re going to be talking all about avocados. So let’s go ahead and jump in. Okay, so the first thing that I wanna talk about regarding avocados is that the good news is if you’re a guacamole addict or an avocado addict, you don’t have to worry about you avocados being ripe. So, that is kinda the quintessential problem when you go avocado shopping the day of when you’re looking to make guacamole and you can’t seem to find those perfect avocados. But, the great news is for food styling, you don’t actually want a super ripe avocado. So what tastes really good isn’t necessarily going to work really well for food styling. So what you’re looking for is you’re looking for avocados that are quite firm. If you pick this off you can see that this looks just fine. It can be, come in here and look at these. They can be pretty green, and as you squeeze them, they’re hard. They’re not soft at all, they don’t give under pressure. So you can see here we have quite a few different sizes. Avocados have lots of different shapes, they have lots of different sizes. These big ones, this is beautiful example of a nice avocado, but this is a pretty big avocado. You can see it covers basically my whole hand. So, as you’re thinking about what you’re styling, keep in mind the size of what it is that you want that avocado to look like. And if you’re sending anyone else to shop for you, as you start to scale in your business, definitely keep in mind that you want to express to them what size it is that you need for the project, because if they come back with this size and you needed a really big one, or visa versa, you’re gonna end up having another grocery store run. So that’s kind of some basics there on that. You can see that this one is not shaped well. This is not gonna fan very nicely. It’s got a lot of kinda wonky sides to it here. And it’s just gonna be very difficult to work with . So you’re looking for something that is very smooth, very uniform all the way throughout it so that you can really get nice looking slices and nice fans. No if you are using this for guacamole, of course none of that matters. But we’re assuming that you’re either you know dicing or fanning or doings some more like visual stuff with your avocados. There are a couple different ways to keep avocados looking nice. So one of the things about avocados is that as you’re working with them, they’re going to immediately start browning. And we don’t want that. That doesn’t look good in the pictures, it doesn’t look appetizing at all. So, we want to stop that browning process. Now the easiest way to do this is just to not cut them until you’re on set, everything is ready, and you’re ready to just fire the camera. Then slice your avocados and get those on there. Most of the time, what I use for that is I just use plain lemon juice. So we buy it form Kroger in big containers, and you just drizzle this over the top of it when you slice it. And I’m gonna show you how to do that exactly here, but that’s my most common way of doing it is speed and lemon juice. Now I’ll tell you the big reason for that is ’cause I wanna eat them. Even if they’re slightly green, they’re still delicious. So the lemon accents it and it makes it to where you can eat it afterwards. Now if you’re on a set and you’re maybe working on a video or you’re working on something where you’re gonna be playing with this food a lot longer, you’re gonna need something a little bit more hard core than lemon juice. So in that situation, what I like to use second is fruit fresh. This is a Ball product. You find it in the canning aisle. Basically what this is is it stops browning and keeps them looking nice. We use this on like if you’re cutting up apples or you’re putting them in your kids lunch or things like that, you can use fruit fresh. And basically all you’re gonna do is you’re gonna mix couple teaspoons in with a half a cup of water and just make a solution for that. And you can either set them in there and soak ’em for a few minutes or you can just sprinkle it over. Just kinda depends on how long you need it to stay. And then the last option is if you have to prep really far in advance for something, you can use vodka. Now as much as you thing that vodka tastes good, if you pair this with the avocado, they don’t taste good at all. So if you wanna eat these afterwards, don’t do this combination, at least in my opinion. But you can pre-slice these and leave them soaking in vodka like this and they will hold very, very well, but they’re not tasty afterwards. So that’s kinda why we default to just lemon juice and waiting until we get to the very, the very last moment to place them. So the next thing we’re gonna do here is kinda show you a bit of a walk through on how we cut these, slice and fan them. Now again, each avocado is a little bit different. Each one’s gonna work a little bit different. So sometimes one’ll work really well, sometimes one won’t. So we’re gonna go ahead an jump in and start doing this process. So you wanna start with this. You could wear a cutting glove if you’re worried about cutting your hand. I cut a lot of avocados so I’m not too concerned, but I’m sure for my insurance purposes, I should tell you always wear a cut glove if you’re going to do this. Just score all the way around, just as you would if you’re making guacamole. And then you’re just gonna twist and off you go, just like that. So that looks really good. This one is very firm. So when they’re super, super firm, they can be a little bit harder to get out. So you’re looking for very uniform slices as you come through here. Just kinda like that. Again, making sure that you’re not cutting your hand. If you have assistants, or people who are not used to doing this, I would recommend that you just keep this for yourself as a task. And let’s do one more here. And I can kinda tell that I’m starting to graze through that skin on the back, but that’s okay. And then you have a couple of different options. You can use, you’ll kinda find your own spoon. We talked about this on like the whip cream dollops, to where everybody has their own kinda favorite spoon. For me, I don’t like using these teaspoons, but I have seen people do that. I like a bigger spoon. This is one of my favorites. So it’s got a nice sharp edge on there. Some spoons are very dull and they won’t cut at all. So you’re looking for something that does have a big of an edge. You can tell this one, I mean you can’t really tell on camera, but this one’s not super sharp, it’s kinda just dull on the edge there. And that doesn’t really work. So find something that has sharp on the edge and then you’re just gonna come in and work your way through the bottom here. Again, kinda folding it in as you go around. Now what I like to do is turn it half way, ’cause if you try to scoop all the way through, what will happen is you’ll start mashing the edges here. So you wanna take a napkin and just kind of wipe this off as you’re going. That way you don’t mush that stuff all over the place. And then press that back in, and come in from the other side. Okay, so that one wasn’t perfect, but it’s pretty good. This one’s very, very firm. So as you come through there, you’re just gonna start to fan them out a little bit. And you can see this one got damaged a little bit on the bottom. We didn’t scrape it cohesively through. So when you’re doing this, make sure you pick up some extras in case you run into some fibers there. Just kinda fan it out with your hand, similar to what we do with the bananas on smoothie bowls, things like that. And that’s kinda the basics there. If I were gonna be prepping this to go on something, I’d probably drop that. Honestly with this one, this one needs to be redone here. This has a problem here. So I would start on another avocado there, but that’s the basic fanning idea. And then you’re just gonna come in with your lemon juice. Just on a plate. And don’t do this on your actual like plate that you’re working with. But if you gotta prep this ahead of time, just kinda drizzle it like that. Let it sit for a minute and then put on your set so that it’s gonna hold and look really nice. Okay guys, so that’s he basics there. Again, if you’re working with the next one here, just like you would normally, hit it in the center, twist that out, and that’s gonna come out really nicely. And then you can slice through that again. I hope that was helpful. I’m gonna jump back over here. I hope you’re enjoying the series. 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