Introduction: Fastest/ Best Way to Skin a Mango: 10 Second Mango Hack

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Separate that sweet fruit from its skin in ten seconds! This awesome life-hack/ food-hack will save you time and maximize the amount of fruit you get from every mango.

Step 1: Watch This Video!

Watch this video to see me demonstrate first hand exactly how it's done!

Step 2: Cut Your Mango

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Every mango has a pit at the center. So first things first, you'll need to cut as much fruit as you can from either side of your delicious fruit.

Note that for the purpose of this instructable I cut a small bit of the pit to show what I am talking about. No need to actually cut any off, just go right around it!

Step 3: Liberate Your Fruit!

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Using a regular drinking glass, work the lip of the glass in between the skin and the fruit. Once there, apply downward pressure on your mango and allow the lip of the glass to slide along the inside of the skin. Within seconds your mango fruit will be sitting safely in the glass.

Step 4: Good to Go

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As you can see from these photos, this technique will remove the maximum amount of fruit from the skin. It will leave you with a nicely shaped piece of mango that is ready to be cut or even eaten as is.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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I hope this instructable comes in handy for you guys! If you have other food-related hacks and tips please leave them in the comments for myself and other readers to enjoy.

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magifarm (author)2014-09-04

This is brilliant, thanks so much for sharing! I always end up letting mangos sit till they get overripe because they're so hard to peel neatly. Now no more wasted fruit!

kahrol (author)magifarm2016-04-14

Why don't you just peel the skin off with a sharp knife then cut the exposed flesh away from the seed? That's how we do it in the Caribbean ...and we would know.? You can also peel the skin off and just bite into the flesh and discard the seed when all the flesh is gone ... Yummy!?

kahrol (author)kahrol2016-04-14

Besides the REAL mangoes are here in the Caribbean ... Endless varieties ... Endless possibilities!

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oaskul (author)2014-09-04

Awesome for people like me. I love mangoes, but the sap from the skin causes a poison-ivy-like rash when I handle them. It's so frustrating to use a peeler or knife with gloves, and this will make it much easier to get the good parts out.

Awesome, I'm really glad to hear this will help you!

Eh Lie Us! (author)2014-09-05

Man, I've worked as a prep cook throughout my college years and this trick would've save me a lot of time. I'd probably use a shaker (metal) cup since i'm afraid of breaking the glass with too much pressure.

Thanks for sharing, ey.

thewanger (author)Eh Lie Us!2016-04-14

Using a glass for this is dangerous. I would a metal cup.

paleogirl made it! (author)2015-01-08

This TOTALLY works!!! Works for avocados too (used one HUGE Florida avocado, but I can't imagine it wouldn't work for others). I made the fastest mango/avocado salad EVER. Will make my own instructable for that, but will add this as a reference. AWESOME!

paleogirl (author)2015-01-04

That's genius. I picked up some mangos and avocado for a salad. I'm going to try this. Way easier than cubing it.

JM1999 (author)2014-09-09

Awesome, I voted and will try it next chance I get!

JM1999 (author)JM19992014-11-22

It truly is awesome, I now have mangoes and it works so well!

Shanball (author)2014-09-27

I like the idea... but I'm still a traditional peeler. Skin first, then around the seed. I think it depends on your mango type too - looks like it'll work well with a hard flesh varietal like a Hayden, but less so with the softer ones.

We have a White Pyrie mango tree in our yard, and when fruit season comes it bears a truckload. You gotta go with the thin skin peel or you'll mush everything.

erwin_raptor (author)2014-09-22

Smart and simple, no more suffering while eating a mango. Thanks for this :)

rbeem__ (author)2014-09-18

Thank you so much for sharing this hack. I never know how to cut a mango in a neat and good way. This helped alot.

przemek (author)2014-09-08

As others mentioned, a large spoon works well too, and can be used to scrape the rest of the delicious mango meat from the skin. Then, use the tip of the knife to cut the band of skin from the part around the pit, and reward your skill by sucking on the delicious remnants.

BTW, mango is a great component of fruit smoothies---there's something in the mango that keeps fruit in gelatinous suspension for hours---all the other fruit (berries, bananas, apples, pears) tend to separate quickly. Also, mango takes well to freezing, and it does not freeze completely so you don't have to use a hammer to break it up like, say, frozen strawberries. This is just great, because mangos, especially the sweet small yellow ones, overripen quickly, so I tend to buy a batch, peel and freeze them, whereas they are just perfect to drop into a fruit smoothie.

daxxvondrachen (author)2014-09-07

Cool. I never took Mangos to a potluck before because after all the hacking and slicing they looked like they were in a car accident and only fit for the blender

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mom_ratfink (author)2014-09-05

Works like a charm and no waste! Thanks so much... you're a genius :-)

I've never seen this trick before! I'll have to try it!

It's really awesome! I eat mangos every day so I take my mango prep seriously haha =p

A large spoon with a thin edge works well too to scrape out the flesh after the pit is removed. I had not seen the spoon or the glass technique before! Pawlie

persia111 (author)2014-09-04

Do you have a life-hack to peel the seed part too? Or should I try the glass for that too? By the way, SUPER USEFUL. I too had only thought scooping it with a spoon was the fastest-proves I'm wrong! Thanks for posting!

persia111 (author)persia1112014-09-04

Or the "porcupine" way, where you cut as a checkerboard

guipozjim (author)2014-09-04

Eh! That's good. But what happens with the rest of the mango???

jcannizzo (author)2014-09-02

I'd imagine this could be done with avocados as well.

elvisisdead (author)jcannizzo2014-09-04

It would be a bit of a mess as the avocado is a lot softer and deeper than the mango. The best way is to take a large serving spoon, and run it between the flesh and the skin. I've done it more times than I can count with a commercial kitchen spoon.

I haven't tried it. But if you do I'd be curious to hear your results.

Ottoclav (author)2014-09-04

Dude, this is great! Can't believe I didn't think of this. I was always so focused on the spoon on the pit trick that I never thought of anything to get the meat out of the skin except to just use the spoon! Thanks a lot!

KyleTheCreator (author)2014-07-24

Brilliant!!! Did you come up with this technique yourself?

Unfortunately I can't take credit as the first person to realize the potential of a glass for skinning mangos. But I do believe mine was the first instructable about it. Hope you enjoyed it!

I've seen this hack a few times on the net, and I was thinking of posting it to instructables myself. I've used this technique multiple times works great.

Chichy (author)2014-09-04

Oh Snap! This is one of the best life hacks I've ever seen. Beautiful in its simplicity and a face-palm "why haven't I thought of this before?"

magicmanne (author)2014-09-04

just one question : how to remove the 'good' from the Seed ? Best part of it is THERE --- also, most of the fibre, tho. I prefer 'scoring' the Sides, giving Cubes readilly --- takes a bit more than 10 Seconds, granted, but makes a very nice 'presentation' --- so This Method gives me 'nothing' usable, unfortunately. The True Challenge, really, is in Separating the Usable from the Pit !

sabu.dawdy (author)2014-09-03

i tried this and it worked..

The Best Hobbies Blog (author)2014-07-24

WOW! I would be in heaven.

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