How To Become A Fruit Ninja And Never Buy Pre-Packaged Produce Again

Make Mother Nature proud while sharpening your knife skills

Photo by Brittany Bennett

Disrespect your mother and get sent to your room. Disrespect Mother Nature and ignite a global glacier meltdown. Recent outrage has plastered posts across the Internet of produce enclosed in plastic packaging. Why the rage? Because nature has already gift-wrapped produce for us! Bananas have peels and cucumbers have a skin that keeps the goods inside fresh for the bite. The only double protection necessary in this world is for the President and your sex life. Be on Captain Planet’s side and reduce your contribution of plastic to landfills starting now.

A way to kick-start your plastics cleanse? Slicing vegetables and fruits yourself! Be the fruit ninja we know you can be. Coming home to cubed butternut squash, when you just want to whip up a roasted plate of vegetables, can be appealing when you’re not in the mood for peeling. But taking the time to do it yourself actually could make a difference in the world. Hey, if you can hold a plank for thirty seconds, you can take the time to dice an onion. You might cry, but it’s not as painful.

If you need your produce minced, diced, and cubed for instantaneous satisfaction, cut it up and store it properly the day before using. Here is a visual guide to slicing and dicing to avoid towers of landfill terror. Always use a sharp knife for smoother, safer cuts, and be sure to stay conscious of your finger placement so you can enjoy dinner with all ten.