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How To Peel Fruit And Veg

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Peeling vegetables and fruits is a food preparation task that can be time-consuming— especially when you’re a novice. However, a peeler is an essential tool for every kitchen that can make all the difference. 

Although it may appear simple and effective, most home cooks don’t realize that there are specific ways you must use peelers to reap the benefits, including preserving the hidden nutrients found underneath the skin of many fruits and vegetables.

How To Use A Peeler Safely

Due to the nature of peelers as sharp chopping implements, caution must always be exercised when using them. You risk losing fingers or cracking your knuckles if you use them incorrectly or if you slip. Safe to say, a key factor is a safety!

Let’s go over some safety guidelines to keep in mind before using a vegetable or fruit peeler.

  1. Always thoroughly wash your fruit and vegetables before peeling. Washing will reduce the dirt and bacteria that may be present in fresh produce. After peeling, avoid washing because this can wash minerals and vitamins away.
  2. To stop your ingredients from slipping, use a sturdy cutting board. Moreover, after you’re done, it’s simple to discard the peelings!
  3. Keep your fingers away from the blade by using both hands. Hold one end of the fruit or vegetable in one hand, or place it on the cutting board, and hold the peeler in the other. 

Which Fruits And Vegetables Should You Avoid Peeling?

Let’s go over some fruits and vegetables for which you can forgo peeling because the skin contains a lot of nutrients. 

  • Cucumbers: You guessed it—the skin of the cucumber contains nearly all of the fruit’s fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Without the peel, you’re pretty much just drinking water (cucumbers are made of 96% water!)
  • Apples and pears: It is not advisable to remove the fruit’s peel due to its high nutritional value. Like all fruits, both peels contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as a sizable amount of fiber. Apples are a fruit with a higher pesticide content, so make sure to wash them thoroughly or buy organic.
  • Tomatoes: It’s best to leave the skin on tomatoes, despite the fact that it may seem heavy to some. Their skin is extremely rich in phytochemicals that are important for our bodies.
  • Kiwis: You read that right, Kiwis! Given that a significant portion of people are unaware that the skin is actually edible, its high fiber, antioxidants, and folate content is particularly noteworthy. Beware—it will take some getting used to the texture.

Aubergines, peaches, and courgettes are some other fruits and vegetables that benefit from having the skin on.

How To Peel Carrots

  1. Start by holding the carrots by their tops (also referred to as the “fat end”) with their tips resting downward at an angle on your cutting board while holding your vegetable peeler in one hand. 
  2. Starting in the carrot’s center, peeling should be done while pressing down toward the cutting board.
  3. Peel up (but only to the middle) after you’ve peeled down. A peeler’s blades are typically only used on occasion. Swivel peelers and Y-shaped peelers both have two blades, though, if you look closely at them. Because of the layout, you can cut the time it takes to peel in half by moving back and forth. 
  4. Rotate as needed to peel the end that is farthest away from you.
  5. Simply flip the carrot over so that you’re holding the peeled end now, and carry out the previous steps.

How To Remove The Peel Of A Pineapple

The simplest and most secure method of peeling a pineapple excludes the use of a peeler. Instead, you can use a sharp kitchen knife. Your best option is a chef’s knife.

  1. Grab your knife and cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Slice the pineapple in half while it is upright.
  3. It is frequently advised to remove the pineapple’s core, which runs straight down the middle and is difficult to eat, before continuing. Place the knife’s edge along the edge of the core of one of the pineapple’s halves. Repeat on the other half, cutting down and inward. Take out the core from here.
  4. Slice each of the pineapple halves in half once more, then take each quarter and repeatedly slice down to the skin (without cutting it) to create pieces that are about 1 cm in length.
  5. Take your knife’s edge now and carefully slide it between the pineapple’s skin and flesh. Slide the pieces off, then throw away the just-peeled peel!

How To Peel Potatoes

Wide Peeler can make light work of removing potato skins.

  1. Just as you would your phone, hold the potato in your hand. Peel beginning at the base, gliding the peeler away from you while doing so with your other hand holding the peeler.
  2. Continue peeling the potato while turning it around. Don’t worry; we’ll take care of it in the subsequent step if you can’t reach the potato’s top and bottom edges of the skin. They can be notoriously slippery, so take care not to let the potato escape from your grasp.
  3. When finished, work the peeler around the potato’s top and bottom, covering any areas that the initial steps were unable to peel. You might find it easier to switch to a smaller swivel peeler for this. 

How To Peel An Apple

Everybody has eaten an apple at some point or another in their life. They make simple additions to baked goods, are fantastic on-the-go snacks, and are generally considered to be superfoods. When you know how to peel an apple, enjoying all of its benefits becomes simple. You can try the following strategies:

  • A knife. This appliance is our dependable little helper in the kitchen which makes it easier for us to peel and slice practically anything. This approach only requires that you begin at the center and work your way outward. Slice along the sides of the incision you made after removing the stem with a paring knife to quickly peel the skin off.
  • Vegetable peeler. To remove the skin from our beloved apples, use a vegetable peeler. The advantage of this method is that, especially if you’re not an expert at peeling apples, you won’t have to remove as much skin as you would with a paring knife.

How To Peel A Banana

An awesome fruit is a banana. They can also be included in smoothies or baked goods, and frequently they taste pretty good on their own. People nearly lost their minds when it was first discovered that a banana could be peeled from the other end. But it’s a great way to go about it!

  • Pinching the bottom. It’s pretty well known by this point that you can pinch the bottom of banana between your thumb and forefinger before peeling it. But just in case you weren’t aware, that’s really all there is to it.
  • Peeling from the stem. Snapping the stem and peeling from there is the best method for those who prefer a more conventional approach. The only thing you need to worry about in this situation is having those stringy bits of flesh on your body. Rarely do you need to worry about that when peeling from the bottom?
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How To Peel An Orange

When peeling oranges, you should take extra care to avoid damaging the fruit. Yes, you can use knives and other tools to complete the task, but you also don’t want to sacrifice any of the flesh or create a juicy mess in your kitchen. The good news is that it is possible to peel an orange without much difficulty.

  • Using your hands. Peeling is no exception to the fact that our hands are considered to be among the more reliable tools in the kitchen. After rolling the orange in your palm, make a small hole with the bottom of your thumbnail in the skin. Continue to remove pieces of skin until you are only left with the flesh.
  • Using a spoon. All that is required in this situation is to roll the orange before beginning and to make a small incision with a knife. Scoop the spoon underneath the cut and maneuver it around the orange’s flesh until the peel is lifted.

How To Peel A Peach

Believe it or not, you can peel this fruit without a knife. Other fruits can be peeled, I suppose, but a well-known technique for doing so with peaches actually involves doing it without knives. It’s also a fairly straightforward process.

  • Boiling water. Water should be brought to a boil in a pot. Put your peaches in there for about a minute after it comes to a rolling boil. After the minute has passed, place the peaches in the bowl of ice and water that has been separate from that. Your fingers can be used to roll away the softened skin until it is completely gone after they have cooled off enough to handle (about 15 seconds).
  • Boiling water (again). Another method makes use of boiling water. Boil the water in a second pot that is only half full. Cut a tiny X-shaped incision in the peach while you’re waiting for it to boil. Your peaches should be added to the boiling water right away, given a minute to cook, and then moved with a spoon to the ice bath. Peel the skin off starting from the X with your fingers once they are cool enough to handle.

How To Peel A Mango

It can be challenging to start peeling a fruit this size because of its size. Undoubtedly, we desire to access the flesh in order to prepare a delicious smoothie or mango candied, but how do we do that? It’s not like a paring knife will cut this skin because it’s a little bit rougher. Once you get the hang of it, however, peeling a mango is actually not that difficult.

  • A potato peeler. You can really use any vegetable peeler you have in your kitchen, but we prefer using a potato peeler. All you have to do is handle the skin in the same way you would other products in your kitchen.
  • Using a knife. Okay, so perhaps a paring knife won’t work, but other knives most certainly will. The mango should be washed before being placed on a cutting board. Flip the mango over so that the stem is on top by grabbing the stem. From there, you must slice the skin off in small pieces without severely damaging the flesh. Do this repeatedly until the entire peel has been taken off.

How To Peel An Avocado

Sometimes avocados receive a bad rap, but that’s not really fair. When making guacamole, they are the star of the show because they are a superfood packed with vitamins and nutrients. However, if we want to take good care of our avocados, we should carefully peel them so that we only use the flesh when preparing food. There are a few methods for properly peeling an avocado.

  • Slice, remove the seedand peel. All you have to do to use this well-known technique is wash it first, then place it on the cutting board. It should be cut lengthwise, with the narrower end on the bottom and the pit facing up. After it has been cut in half, take a spoon and scoop out the pit. Things become relatively simple after that. Repeat until the entire peel has been peeled off of the other half by pulling the skin away from the flesh.
  • Using a spoon. You might as well keep the spoon on hand for the skin since you already have it handy to remove the pit. Repeat each step from the above procedure until you reach the removal of the pit, as opposed to pulling the skin away with your fingers. Take the spoon and slide it between the flesh and the peel after it has been taken off. Similar to how you would with peaches, gently move your spoon around the flesh to remove the peel.

How To Peel A Tomato

Who even wants to peel tomatoes, am I right? Actually, I’m not correct; peeling tomatoes is an essential step in the creation of savory tomato sauce or even a tasty Bloody Mary. The best techniques for peeling tomatoes are listed below, so grab your knives and a tidy surface and get to work.

  • Boiling water. Do you recall the time we discussed the bizarre peach boiling water method? The same thing is possible with tomatoes. Simply place your tomatoes in a pot of boiling water until you notice the skin beginning to peel, which should take no longer than 30 seconds. Then, place them in a nice, cold water bath and let them soak there for 4-5 minutes. After that, all that is left to do is peel the fruit with your hands.
  • Stick them in the freezer. On the other extreme of the spectrum, you can freeze your tomatoes in a freezer bag until they’re solid. Allow them to defrost naturally when you’re ready to use them, or run them under warm water to make the peeling super simple. The skin will simply peel off.


This comprehensive tutorial on how to peel almost any fruit will come in handy when you want to prepare it for a snack. There isn’t a method that is difficult to understand, and before long you’ll be peeling like a pro.

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