How to Decorate a Fruit Plate

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Slicing your fruits and making a platter out of them is a great way to display your fruits and to impress your friends. Decorate a fruit plate with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Ryan Wagner, and I'm going to show you how to decorate a fruit plate. So slicing your fruits and making a platter out of them is a great way to display your fruits and to impress your friends. So the first thing we're going to do is take this pineapple and do a little fancy display on it. Step one is to trim off the leaves on four different sides. The next thing we're going to do is cut the pineapple in half. It's really critical here that you cut right down the center to get through the core and once we've cut it in half we'll go ahead and cut each of those halves into quarters, again making sure that you get core on each piece that you cut. Now here's the fun part. The next thing we're going to do is take our knife and go under the core of the pineapple, leaving it attached to the skin then we're just going to kind of carve around so that we can remove the meat of the pineapple. We'll do this on both sides until we can slide the pineapple meat right out of the pineapple. The next thing you do is to cut it up, slice it into nice even slices then we'll just take it and pop it right back into the pineapple shell. If you push every other piece of pineapple out, you get a really nice display for your fruit platter. Alright so here we have peeled watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. So first we'll do the cantaloupe and honeydew. These are done the exact same way. We're just going to take them, slice into nice even pieces so we can fan them out on our platter. With the watermelon we're just going to cut it into quarters so that each quarter has these triangular shaped pieces. We'll take one quarter, slice it in even pieces just like the other two melons so we can fan those out and just repeat that for the other pieces. So here we have our fruit platter, notice everything is fanned out evenly, spacing is even and really important it looks abundant. You want to make sure your platters look full and you can use little fruits like berries, I've got strawberries and blackberries cut in half to fill in the gaps so you don't see the platter in between the fruits.

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