Wen asked: How do I remove Jackfruit sticky latex juice. For the first time in my life, I bought a slice of Jackfruit from the Chinese market. I used my expensive Zwilling J. A. Henckels knife to take out the fruits. Now the handle to the knife got all the sticky latex juice from the fruit, and I can’t get it off. I can’t try any abrasive cleanser, and I do not dare to try any chemicals.
Jackfruit excretes an extremely sticky latex substance from the rind and fibrous parts of the fruit. Removing the mess can be difficult, but with this trick you’ll be able to clean it right up without damage to your utensils.
You Will Need:
- Coconut Oil
- Cloth scouring pad or washcloth
Steps to Remove the Sticky Juice:
- Coconut oil can be purchased from online stores as well as some organic or specialty food stores.
- Coat the area affected of the sticky jackfruit with coconut oil. If the layer of latex is thick, cover it completely and allow it to set for a minute so that it has a chance to work. The oil will loosen the sticky residue without damaging the surface underneath.
- Rub the area with the cloth scouring pad or washcloth until the mess is gone. Turn the cloth frequently as the latex comes off for the most effective cleaning.
- Reapply the coconut oil as necessary until all of the sticky latex is removed.
- Once clean, wash the utensil as normal to remove any residue from the coconut oil.
Additional Tips and Advice
- To avoid a sticky mess next time, coat the knife, your hands, and any other areas that will come in contact with the jackfruit with coconut oil.
- If you have the opportunity to harvest the jackfruit yourself, doing so between mid-morning and late afternoon can reduce the amount of latex.
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