Of all the things in my little gift guide, people seemed most intrigued by the mango splitter. Several readers didn’t even realize such a thing existed.

Well, being the helpful blogger that I am, I decided I would demonstrate the usefulness and ease of this nifty kitchen gadget. Hence, I made the above video (memo to self: shave before vlogging). Hope it’s helpful!

21 replies on “Behold The Glory of the Mango Splitter”

  1. Interesting. Do you find that there is a ton of mango flesh that goes to waste when using the splitter? Also What about the skin? I eat mango plain, so I like it to be in strips. Have you tried peeling the skin before “splitting”? I’m unconvinced.

    1. There isn’t a ton of mango flesh on the stone — about as much as if you use a knife. It’s a little tricky to get off, and basically, if you just want mango raw, you’re best off gnawing at the stone.

      If you want to eat your mango in strips, you can always cut slices into the mango halves and then scoop out with a spoon!

      1. Do you really, truly think this is the best method for a raw-mango eater (meaning nice, in-tact chunks/strips)? or is it really only ideal for making sauces, chutney, etc, where it doesn’t matter if the pieces are smushed? Alton Brown has a good method using corn cob holders and a potato peeler that i’ve been following for the past few years, and it’s worked well, but I do admit it’s a bit cumbersome. I wish I could test out the splitter before investing the cabinet space. I’m intrigued, but still not sure!

        1. I don’ tknow why you’d have doubts! The splitter makes two pristine halves! There is some flesh on the stone, but no more than if you use a knife. It’s like using an apple core-er. Sure, you could just split an apple with a knife and then cut out the core sections, but that’s so annoying. The mango splitter is quick and easy! If you want strips or whatever, I think you should watch this video:


          1. He’s wasting so much flesh though! Also, it looks to me like the splitter results in concave halves of the mango cheeks – is this true? b! I don’t know what to do!

          2. Concave, yes, but to your advantage! Look at the way the mango splitter is shaped on the inside. It’s like a straight line that then bulges out into an eye shape and then becomes straight again.

            Now put that line-eye-line shape into an imaginary rectangle. The length of the rectangle represents where you would have to cut the mango with a knife. The line-eye-line shape represents where the mango cutter cuts. If you’re still following, the mango cutter actually therefore yields MORE mango, even though it’s concave. Do you see what I’m saying?

          3. I can’t reply to your last thread for some reason so I’m doing it up here. Your response makes sense B, but I just DON’T KNOW! You have really thrown me for a loop here!

  2. B-side, you are great. If I’m ever in LA and run into you, I’m totally going to stalk you (in a non-threatening way, of course) and we’re going to cook together.

    Re: the mango splitter…how does it work on overly ripe mangoes? Does it smoosh them?

  3. I’ve seen these 100 times in stores and never paid any attention to them. You’ve converted me!

    I have a question that’s sort of the opposite of Crystal’s. How does it work on under-ripe mangoes? I live in Connecticut where we don’t get the most awesome fruit in the Winter, as you will probably remember from your NY days. Hard and not so tasty. I’m just afraid of splitting my hand open somehow.

  4. I actually used it on a ripe mango right after this video. It was slightly tricky in that yes, it did press the skin into the flesh (rather than cut through), but if you just press down authoritatively, it’s not a problem.

    In terms of under-ripe mangoes, I dunno. You probably don’t want to bust open an under-ripe mango anyway.

  5. I feel like that outfit would have been much more appropriate last weekend when we were in Vegas. You know, on the two-yards-of-margarita-in-one-afternoon day.

  6. I gave up on the delicious mango because of my inability to properly cut it…I may have to make a last minute request to Santa…it looks like it wastes less mango than my feeble attempts have!!

  7. Unripe mango with lime can be delicious. It tastes quite different from ripe mango, but still good.
    Now if there were just some contraption to prevent mangos from causing me to have an allergic reaction everytime I eat them.

  8. Martha Stewart showed me how to peel a mango many years ago, and I have always done it this way since.
    Put the mango upright.
    Cut down each side of the seed, as close as you can guess.
    Take the half and slice down and across to make cubes.
    Push the skin side up so all of your cubes are out.
    Take your knife and slice to remove the cubes from the skin.
    Try to cut around the seed part as close as possible to get whatever mango you can.

    PS- Yes, we must discuss the sideways hat..!

  9. OK, after seeing the fun of the mango splitter in action, you should do a Quaff of the Week vlog.

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