The Makings of the Best GuacamoleAugust 29, 2012 0 Comments
A good guacamole recipe plus these tips would surely end up into a perfect guacamole dip. When you’ve learned all these, making the best guacamole dip seems easy enough.
Choosing the Best Avocados
Consider three things in choosing avocados for making the perfect guacamole, the appearance, the place where the avocados came from and how it would feel when pressed. Unripe avocados are usually shipped from far places into your local market, so be careful not to use unripe avocados. In choosing the ripe ones, you should look for those with dark green skins but are not shiny, those that are undamaged without black blemishes. Unripe ones look brighter in color and glossier. You’re lucky if you can find local orchards in your place selling ripe avocados that were freshly picked and ripened on the trees. Second tip, choose this kind of avocados if possible, for this would be the best type to be used in guacamole recipes. But if your place is one of the unlucky countries that need to buy avocados from non-local markets, then you should consider the first tip. The third, most important tip is to gently press the avocados in the same way you would press a butter or margarine. It should feel soft but not too soggy. Ripe avocados are neither too soft nor too firm.
Selecting and Preparing the best Tomatoes
Choose ripe tomatoes for they contain the most amounts of lycopene. Choose those with red bright skins, and those that are soft and fleshy. Slice the tomatoes while ensuring most of their juices and flesh are intact. You may also mash the tomatoes using a mortar and pestle or a molcajete, turning them into a nice pulp. Be sure not to waste the juice, as well as the seeds of the tomatoes.
The Proper Way to Mash Guacamole Ingredients Using the Precise Tools.
The proper way to work on the ingredients would depend on your own preference. If you want your guacamole to be chunky, then you would less likely to use a blender or a molcajete( Mexican mortar and pestle). Instead, you may just use a fork or the back of a spoon to crush the avocados and in mixing the rest of the ingredients. You may mash the avocados the way you want it, leaving some large pieces and chunks.
But if you want your guacamole to be 100% smooth, like a real paste, using a blender may be the perfect thing to do. You may mash all the ingredients together in the blender, or blend the avocados first before the spices, depends on you.
You may also the use a mortar and pestle or the Mexican version of it, theMolcajete in mashing the avocados, tomatoes and other ingredients, like the way Aztec people prepare their guacamole way back in 16th century.
If you want your guacamole to be the combination of chunky and smooth, you may blend ¾ of avocados and onions into the blender while leaving some ingredients to be hand mashed. The remaining ¼ of avocados may be manually crushed or sliced into larger chunks.