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    using avocado pits in cooking

    tgobbi
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:13 pm
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    A recipe for Mexican pork stew calls for 1/2 an avocado pit added to a blender with the rest of the sauce ingredients. I've never heard of using the pit before and wonder if this can damage the blender blades or motor. Those pits seem quite hard.

    If anyone has any experience with this and would like to offer tips and information, I'll be most appreciative!
    Zeldaz
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:30 pm
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    Never heard of it, but found these. One says cook it to destroy toxins. Personally, I'll pass, but will continue to use avocado oil.

    http://voices.yahoo.com/dont-throw-out-avocado-pit-its-good-you-11778394.html?cat=51
    http://www.rawfamily.com/news/2009/04_09_1.html
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/31737-eat-avocado-seeds-nutrition/

    Also,
    "All parts of an avocado fruit can be eaten, including the avocado pit. To eat the pits, they must first be removed from the centers of the fruit. They can then be dried and ground or smashed up. Since the vitamin-rich pits have an unpleasant taste, many people choose to eat avocado pits mixed in with another food or a drink.

    Eating avocado pits has several health benefits. The pits are very high in vitamin C, for instance. Avocado pits are also very rich in antioxidants and soluble fiber...

    ...before you eat avocado pits, you may want to dry them. This can be accomplished by setting them on a dry, sunny windowsill. It will usually take several days for a pit to dry completely.

    Avocado are stone fruits. This means that they have very hard seeds, or pits, similar to stones. Avocado pits must first be broken up or ground up into a powder before they can be eaten.

    Tossing an avocado pit into a blender could ruin the machine. Instead, you may find that smashing it with a hammer makes it easier to grind it up. You can also cut the pit up before you grind it up.

    To smash avocado pits before you grind them, put them in a heavy-duty plastic bag and smash them with a mallet or hammer. Putting a heavy towel over the bag will help prevent the bag from tearing. The avocado pit pieces can then be ground up in a heavy-duty blender or food processor. This should result in a fine powder.

    Most people who eat the pits find they are quite bitter tasting. This is because of the tannins in the pit. Mixing them in smoothies is one of the most popular ways to eat avocado pits. Ice can be blended with fruits, like bananas and strawberries, to make a smoothie. Bits of avocado can also be added, along with about half of the ground up pit."
    tgobbi
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:59 pm
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    Zeldaz suggested "Tossing an avocado pit into a blender could ruin the machine. Instead, you may find that smashing it with a hammer makes it easier to grind it up. You can also cut the pit up before you grind it up."

    That's a great idea! I shoulda thought of it myself...
    Molly53
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:09 pm
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