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    Ina Garten's Guacamole Hack Is So Smart

    The secret to the perfect chunky guacamole.

    Ina Garten, the culinary icon with a serious cult following, has some clever tricks up her sleeves...

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    And recently, I came across one of those tricks that's so incredibly simple that I wondered WHY I had never thought of it before. 🤦‍♂️

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    In a clip from her show Barefoot Contessa, Garten makes guacamole and demonstrates how to quickly and easily smash the avocado without making it textureless.

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    Garten starts by combining some fairly typical guacamole ingredients in a large bowl: avocado, freshly squeezed lemon juice, hot sauce, chopped garlic, red onions, salt, and pepper.

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    But then, when it comes time to smash it all together, Garten whips out a chef's knife and slices the avocado directly in the bowl.

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    "This is the secret to really good guacamole," says Garten.

    "I don't puree it. All I do is cut into it just like this so it's really chunky. It mixes the ingredients together, and it stays really chunky," explains Garten.

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    "Just run your knife through the avocados," says Garten. This results in a guacamole that's nice and creamy yet still has defined chunks of avocado — because nobody wants textureless guacamole, am I right?

    And just a general note: You should probably use a bowl you don't mind scratching up a little. The knife may knick and cut the surface slightly, so just be careful. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    So there you have it: no need to smash avocado with a potato masher or fork ever again!