27 February 2007

OXO Good Grips hacks the mango

We're mango lovers around here, but I often end up wasting half the fruit trying to properly cut it into slabs for my kids to eat. I discovered this clever gadget at the grocery store yesterday: the Oxo Good Grips Mango Splitter. I'm not generally one to pay over ten bucks for a single-use kitchen tool, but I'm wondering if it might pay for itself in salvaged mango parts. (Our yen for mangoes is already proving to be expensive.)

Has anyone tried this? Does it work as advertised?

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We learned in asia to peel it, except for an unpeeled "handle" at the top, and to then hold it upright by the handle, using a sharp knife to cut away strips until you get to the pit. It isn't that hard once you get the hang of it, and you get more mango that way.

I use this technique to cut-up a mango.

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/002078how_to_cut_a_mango.php

My 2nd grader can't get enough of them.

I was flipping through my feed reader and saw the picture and immediately recognized it as "that thing that goes in the drawer next to the apple corer."

My wife's a big mango fan - usually has one every night - and she uses this tool all the time. So it must work.

I'm allergic to an oil in the skin, it gives me a poison ivy type rash, so I LOVE this. My son loves mangos but peeling them while wearing gloves was too hard (and kind of dangerous!)this simplifies the process. I still wear gloves but the work is minimal.

It's not a miracle worker, but it's worth having.

I was taught to cut all the way around the middle of the mango (through the fruit to the seed) then twist until the two halves divide. Slide the knife between the seed (which remains in one half) and the fruit, and remove the seed. Then scoop the fruit out of each half with a spoon with ease. This method is really great because it keeps most of the juice contained and there's very little fruit lost - something which is of utmost importance to mango lovers!

Thanks for the mango tips. BabyGeek is a bonafide mango lassi fanatic, so I've recently been trying to learn how to select and prepare mangos.

The tips here will definitely help me salvage more mango and they might even keep me from a horrific kitchen injury.

Thanks!

We are fans of Trader Joe's frozen mango chunks in our house. No peeling or slicing involved. Good for avoidig the skin if you have allergies too, assuming you live near a Trader Joe's. Eat them frozen, or wait a bit and they thaw nicely.

We do like them fresh too, but only buy them every so often. My daughter likes them sliced as Jim posted above, but left attached to the peel so she can hold the peel and eat them off. Kind of like eating an orange wedge.

We use this gadget all the time to cut mangos! My husband thinks it leaves too much mango around the pit so he prefers to peel it and slice by hand. A great way to hold on to the mango without getting all slippery is to hold on to it with corn on the cob holders. Just stick one in on the top and hold that while you peel all around and then slice away the flesh of the mango.

I have it and love it. I hate a ton of clutter and am not a big fan of being in the kitchen more than I need to, but this is one tool I use a lot. I put off buying it because I thought it was silly to spend so much on a single use tool, as well, but am glad I have it now.

We used one of these at my parents' house and it worked fine, but I prefer to buy the Del Monte jars of mango in the refrigerated section (by bagged salad). Each jar contains the meat of 5-6 mangoes, so at around $2.50/jar it's a bargain. The lack of peeling, etc, is almost secondary :)
I think it's in juice, too, rather than syrup (and if it's syrup it's light syrup rather than heavy). Great in a smoothie or on yogurt.

I'm from Hawaii where we often get bags of mangos of all sizes from neighbors during mango season. One of the greatest pleasures of childhood was getting the pit when Mom's done with slicing pieces off for fruit salad. It was so fun and messy to slobber and suck the rest of the meat off. My brother and I used to fight over it.

This tool is awesome. I am in love with it. I gave my mom one for christmas because I couldn't commit to the expense for myself. after using her I went straight out and got one for myself and havn't looked back.

I usually just peel it and then chop away. I try to cut as close to the pit as I can.

mmmmm, mango.

Wow, so many comments! I think I'm going to have to get one. I'm not a big fan of mangoes, personally, but my kids are completely addicted. One of their favorite things is the carved-like-a-flower mango that you can get at street fairs sometimes. If OXO makes a tool for carving those, I'd have to buy stock in the company!

OH HOW VERY COOL!!! Just came upon this site, and think I like it already!! I will have to get one of these gadgets! We also are Mango addicts with a bunch wasted. and I love my Apple Core thing-a-ma-bob so I'm sure this will also make a happy addition to our kitchen.

Thanks for sharing your find!

We have one of these in the color, mango (haha), and absolutely LOVE it. I was losing half the mango when cutting it by hand and now we have so much more. It's great - highly recommended!

Easy method: wash mango and cut both cheeks parallel to the pit. Score the meat and push it from the outside to expose the cubes. Cut close to the skin to release them. Cut off whatever meat remains on the pit. If mangos are small you can also hit them against a table to soften them, bite a tiny piece off and suck the juice. Not reccomended for sensitive skin, though :-) although we did this all the time when we were kids. I grew up in a house that had 12 mango trees, and sadly most went to waste. Another great thing to do with mangos is jelly, but you need unripe mangos. Wash and cut off the tiny stem, boil in enough water to cover until skin breaks and pulp is soft. Let cool, peel and mash against a strainer to get meat off pits. Mix with about half amount of sugar and cook on low heat, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn, for about an hour. Let cool and enjoy with bread and butter, ice cream, or as is.

Haha! Should have checked Jim's link before attempting to describe my method...

When our girls get older, I'll have to try Jim's method. We have twins, so it sounds like an easy way to split the mango between them and then keep the middle section around the pit for myself!

Mangoes must be cheaper where you guys are . . . I find that they are usually really expensive and either nowhere near ripe or over-ripe around here, except for a couple months of the year.

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