Removing the outer covering or skin from e.g. fruit or vegetables.

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Is there a quick, easy, mess-free way to peel an orange (or grapefruit)?

Just what the title says, I don't enjoy getting my fingers all messy and I don't like getting a lot of pith. Is there a better way than just...peeling?
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Why do we peel carrots?

So I was sitting there, looking down at my counter, realizing that I probably had a good carrot or two of shavings just going to waste. (well, I'll compost it, but it's non-food at that point). Is ...
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Does ginger have to be peeled? If so how?

I noticed that many recipes that call for ginger explicitly call for peeled ginger. When I use ginger I don't bother to peel it. As it is almost always minced fine the tiny bits of papery peel are ...
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How to peel hard boiled eggs easily?

This is one of the most annoying duties in the kitchen, for me. What are yours tips and tricks to peel hard boiled eggs easily?
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Should I peel kiwifruit?

What should I do with the kiwi peel? I've got no problem with its taste and feel and eat them whole when I'm by myself. Is it in any way bad for my health?
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How to peel chestnuts?

The chestnuts on an open fire question reminded me: Is there a trick to peeling chestnuts easily? I always end up with bits of hairy skin stuck to the chestnuts (ick), and/or stuck under my ...
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Can I peel a mandarin orange like the commercial canners do?

I can't stand the pith on citrus fruit. Canned mandarin oranges seem to have their segments magically removed from the outer membrane that surrounds it. I know how to supreme a citrus fruit, and that ...
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How can I remove the peel and pit of an avocado without the whole thing turning into mush?

Making solid pieces out of a ripe avocado is a difficult business (for me, anyway). What is the best way to remove the peel and pit without ending up with a pile of green mush? I can sometimes remove ...
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Do I have to peel red potatoes before baking them?

I recently made some potato wedges in the oven. I shared this recipe with my relative, who admonished me for not properly peeling the red potatoes before baking them. She claims that there are ...
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Why peel tomatoes?

Everyone seems to think it is necessary to peel tomatoes before canning or freezing them. Since I do not peel tomatoes when I'm cooking with them (soups, salsa, etc.), I'm wondering if I can freeze ...
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What's the best way to peel an onion?

I'm a pro at dicing an onion. My issue is always peeling it. The papery skin is so tough to get off, and I'm never sure just how many layers to peel off. Does anyone have any sure-fire tips on how to ...
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How do I remove kiwifruit skin without losing a lot of the fruit's flesh?

Is there a way to loosen the skin from the flesh before peeling a kiwifruit with a paring knife or peeler? I'm not a deft hand with a paring knife, and I suspect that it's time to buy a peeler with a ...
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how to peel a pomegranate efficiently?

Two well known facts about pomegranates: they are yummy they are a pain to peel by hand do you know of any efficient ways to peel pomegranates? by efficient i mean two things: quick minimum ...
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How deeply should I peel sweet potatoes?

When peeling sweet potatoes, should I just peel the outermost layer, or should I be peeling off the white part as well till I hit the orange inside? Should I keep going until it's all a darkish ...
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Peeling tomatoes

I have a recipe that calls for peeling tomatoes. I've found elsewhere that this is often done by boiling them and letting the skin lift away during that process. Is there anything else that can make ...
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How to peel, cut and prepare prickly pears without getting the thorns in your skin?

Peeling the cactus pear fruit, or better in known in some grocery stores as the prickly pear (or Tuna, Indian fig) can be painful, because of thorns on it. The skin of the fruit is covered in tiny ...
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How to Peel Potatoes

Whenever I have to peel potatoes, I spend much of the time fighting the slippery, just-washed potatoes and keeping them from shooting out of my hands...what's a good way to peel potatoes more ...
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How to peel peaches?

What is the best/easiest method to peel peaches?
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Should sweet potatoes be peeled when preparing them?

I want to make a sweet potato dish -- maybe candied yams. Should I peel the sweet potatoes before cooking or are these recipes intending for me to keep the skin on? None say to peel the potato ...
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How to peel bell peppers effectively?

We tried everything and there is no easy way to peel bell peppers without doing it with a very sharp knife. Peeled bell peppers are easier to digest (if you or someone in home suffers from Heartburn ...
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Unpeeled garlic cloves in French / Belgian cooking?

I am looking through some recipes that came with a French pressure cooker I just bought (in Belgium). It seems most of the recipes that use garlic ask for one or two upeeled garlic cloves ...
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How to prepare salsify (schwarzwurzeln) to minimise sap?

This morning I tried cooking salsify (aka Schwarzwurzeln) for the first time. It needs to be peeled before cooking, which I did rapidly and with a bowl of water nearby, as per advice on various ...
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Fruit peeling techniques

I came across this page (How to peel a mango) while surfing and I found it very interesting. What kind of methods and knives/kitchen gadgets do you use to peel fruits? Are there different tools to ...
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Peeling very ripe plantains?

I'm following the "slit & peel" advice, but I'm not getting consistant results. Sometimes, my ripe plantain (90% black) has a peel that is impossibly hard to remove - it's dry and sticks to a ...
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How to Harvest and Prepare Prickly Pear Pads Without Getting Poked

I enjoy eating Prickly Pear Cactus pads, but I can't figure out how to harvest and prepare them without filling my fingers with tiny hairs. I have asked around and looked online and found sites such ...
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Peeling and dicing potato before boiling it

I've mostly seen people peel a potato after it has been boiled and then cutting it to pieces if required. Given it's muddy exterior, I find it cleaner (and probably takes less heat) to remove the skin ...
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Which average weight % of the banana is edible? i.e. Which % of the banana is not peel?

I got ~1 Kg of bananas and I want to calculate the calories in it. Provided that the peel is discarded, which is the remaining mass of bananas from the original Kg? Since I have no weight measuring ...
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Easiest way to peel pomelos?

What is the easiest way to peel a pomelo and obtain skin-free wedges that are ready to eat? Ever since I bought them a couple of years ago already peeled in Thailand, I have felt I am missing ...
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Is this type of vegetable peeler effective?

On eBay there are cheap ceramic vegetable peelers like this: Do they work well? Right now I have a simple, knife-like peeler with a hole in the middle which I hate and I'd like to change. Does this ...
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Are there culinary uses for the water left from peeling almonds?

Is there a possible use for the water used for peeling almonds? (Throw the almonds in boiling water and let them soak for a couple of mins before peeling them: the water left is yellowish and almond ...
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Peeling a Drumstick

What is the best way to peel a drumstick? How do I know when to stop? I find that a drumstick that's completely peeled disintegrates when cooked.
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easiest way to peel/skin a tongue?

So I've boiled a couple lamb tongues -- as per this recipe -- and have them cool enough to handle, however I'm having difficulty peeling the skin/film off them with just my fingers alone. Is there ...
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Peeling roasted green chilies

Last time I roasted green chilies, which consisted of charring the skin, I had a tough time peeling them. Is there an easy way to peel roasted green chilies, or some secret I'm missing?
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Cooked or Raw - Shrimp peeling

I'm not very good at peeling shrimp, but I've been practicing lately with raw shrimp. I have the theory that raw shrimp are peeled more easily than cooked. Every time I try to peel a cooked shrimp, ...
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Efficient method to peel raw potatoes

I know already how I can peel cooked potatoes, e.g. by throwing into ice water. According to a german helpster entry, the shell will be easily removable just by "rubbing". But is there another ...
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Why does handling peeled chayote make your hands feel numb/rigid?

When I peel chayotes and handle the raw flesh of the fruit, my fingers get sticky and a white solid "film" forms on my fingers. The film makes my skin feel restricted/tight. I washed my hands with ...