I love mangoes. But I hate dealing with them. In particular, the pits are a complete pain to remove. Once removed, you then have to deal with getting the flesh off the skin. A slimy, messy, business, at best.
At left is the OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter. You hold the fruit upright, place the splitter with the slightly oval shaped blade on the end, and push down on the excellent handles (as the brand name correctly implies)! The flesh will be separated from the pit and only a little bit of the flesh is left at either end.
The blade is slightly flexible, thus rendering the tool compatible with multiple sizes of mango.
It really does work! I’m generally not a huge fan of one-use-only tools in the kitchen. Take up too much space. One use only tools have to be damned good to stay around and the OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter is exactly that; damned good at the one thing that it does.
I mentioned the mango splitter tool to Wilfredo Sánchez and Ben Holt. Of course, the subject of what to do with a couple of mango halves came up; how do you separate skin from flesh? There are all kinds of methods — use a spoon to scoop it out, cut a checkerboard pattern and turn inside out, etc… They are all messy typically yields small bits of mango, at best, while losing lots of juices.
Fred’s mango-fu proved superior.
1. Grab a drinking glass. Any old drinking glass will do as long as the top edge is relatively thin.
2. Hold the mango half in the palm of your hand and gently press the edge of the glass into the end of the half, between the skin and the flesh.
3. Slide the half down the edge of the glass, keeping the skin pressed firmly against the edge of the glass.
End result? A perfectly skinned half a mango and a mango skin with no flesh left on it.
Awesome. In one day, my mango-fu has been enhanced ten fold. Mangos will now be a staple in my kitchen.