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Fastest way to peel and dice vegetables?

...a sharp knife and practice...seriously. First, there are a couple of types of peelers. I prefer a Y peeler for most situations because, for me, I find it more maneuverable. Peeling time is ...
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Technique for peeling boiled potatoes

Remove a potato one at a time from the hot water with tongs, placing it in cold water for shock. Wearing dishwashing gloves, while under the cold water pull on the potato skin removing it. Place the ...
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How to peel tomatoes easily?

You don't want to boil them, you want to blanch them. This means you bring the water to a boil, cut a shallow cross into each tomato (scoring the peel), add the tomatoes (few enough compared to the ...
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Boiling potatoes with vs. without skin

I almost never peel potatoes. I like the flavor and texture of the skins, even in mashed potatoes, and unpeeled potatoes are less prone to becoming waterlogged. According to Tablespoon.com, the Idaho ...
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What does "unpeeled" mean?

Unpeeled means not peeled. Do not peel the carrots.
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Which average weight % of the banana is edible? i.e. Which % of the banana is not peel?

Per the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28, the "refuse" content of a banana is 36%, attributed to the peeling. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2159?format=Full
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How is this machine used? (for, I think, peeling the skin from the tomatoes)

That's a manually operated Food Mill/Ricer/Puree-Maker. The Wikipedia Article for Food Mill shows a pic of the same model you have and from that article: Uses of a food mill include removing the ...
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Fastest way to peel and dice vegetables?

As I am following a whole-food plant-based vegan diet, the amount of vegatables I cut is considerably larger than for the "average" home cook. In addition to tools and techniques discussed ...
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Technique for peeling boiled potatoes

When I cook yukon gold potatoes for a somewhat similar application (minus the eggs and the fish), my family likes the skins on the potatoes, so I don't bother peeling at all, but when it comes time to ...
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What are the parts of the corn plant?

Corn has husk, silk and kernels. In the middle there is the cob, which only becomes visible after you have eaten the kernels. The husk is, botanically speaking, formed of leaves, but it has a ...
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What method can be used to remove the seed from a peach other than just trying to pull both sides after cutting it?

If you have the right kind1 of peaches (freestone, ripe), cutting around the stone along the side seam and further on will be enough to let you separate the two halves and lift out the stone. In all ...
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Technique for peeling boiled potatoes

If you must do it, there are tools for this. The tool set consists of a special fork, and a special knife. The fork has 3 prongs arranged circularly, not flat like a normal fork, and they are thin. ...
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Boiling potatoes with vs. without skin

I like both, but they do taste differently, and "ash" quality pretty much fits what I feel on the tongue. Also, maybe it's my imagination, but I think unpeeled ones are bit more acidic, I prefer ...
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How to peel tomatoes easily?

Another method if you use a gas stove is to roast it over the cooking flame gently. To do this you can stick a knife into the tomato (preferrably in the stem part) and hold it over the flame while ...
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Efficient method to peel onions?

Kenji Lopez-Alt, cookbook author and NYT columnist, has mentioned offhand a couple of times in his Youtube videos that he feels most people don't peel off enough layers when preparing onions; that the ...
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How to peel, cut and prepare prickly pears without getting the thorns in your skin?

When I was young I was taught TWO ways to get the spines off... With a broom, knock the prickly pear onto the ground then roll it around in the dirt until they are gone. Use a wand torch to quickly ...
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Why does handling peeled chayote make your hands feel numb/rigid?

This problem can occur with several foods including squashes, pumpkins, zucchini, and even cucumber. From what I’ve read, it is caused by a sort of sap that the fruit emits when it is cut, and it’s ...
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Do salt or vinegar in the boiling water help peeling eggs?

A chemist here. I do add baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate). I am satisfied with it as I never got the white stuck to the shell since I do this. However I can't say that the same eggs would have done ...
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Boiling potatoes with vs. without skin

Yes, there is a difference in taste. I can't tell you what causes it, possibly the skin preventing the water from properly penetrating the potatoes. But when I eat a peeled boiled potato, I can always ...
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What method can be used to remove the seed from a peach other than just trying to pull both sides after cutting it?

I agree with @GdD's answer in that the peaches need to be ripe for best flavor and easier pit removal. But let's not forget that there are two types of peaches - clingstone and freestone. Splitting ...
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Do salt or vinegar in the boiling water help peeling eggs?

Based on what I've read and understand, salt and/or vinegar don't have any effect on how easy an egg is to peel. The most determining factor is age. Here's why. From Fresh Eggs Daily: Just under ...
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Can you sharpen a Y peeler with a honing rod?

Honing and sharpening are two different things. When you sharpen a blade, you are removing material (metal) from the blade to create a new, thin edge. Sharpening leaves burrs on the edge, while use of ...
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Fastest way to peel and dice vegetables?

The answer to the question what the fastest way is, entirely depends on the volume you are preparing. Because using some kind of specialized devices will usually require some additional time to set ...
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Technique for peeling boiled potatoes

Ah well. :-) First: boiling and then peeling will reduce the waste by quite some amount. As far as I can tell, boiling with skin will taste better / the potatoes will loose less starch into the ...
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Technique for peeling boiled potatoes

The purpose of boiling with the skin is to keep the moisture content down. Just let them drain and air dry / cool for a few minutes. It does not matter if they cool as you are going to heat them ...
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Technique for peeling boiled potatoes

If the skins are ready to come off and it's just the temperature giving you trouble, you should be able to get away with lighter insulation than silicone mitts. I'd try a clean cloth or towel, after ...
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Efficient method to peel raw potatoes

There are electrical devices using a tumbler: http://www.amazon.de/Melissa-646120-Kartoffelsch%C3%A4lmaschine/dp/B0079X0EQ6 (The German name is "Kartoffelschälmaschine" for anyone who wants to ...
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Which average weight % of the banana is edible? i.e. Which % of the banana is not peel?

Just tested one (I'm sure it would be close enough to average for my purposes) to see if it was more equitable to purchase a bulk box of frozen organic banana chunks. Peel = 93g, fruit = 125g = 57% ...
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Is it necessary to peel aubergine?

It depends. The skin of aubergines can sometimes be a bit hard after preparation, especially if you are working with older fruit and apply dry heat (e.g. grilling). During cooking, the skin should ...
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How to avoid having pith on dried orange peels

Try gently scraping with a spoon or non-serrated knife, if you want to remove more pith. However, that looks pretty good to me. Your recipe for drying has you finely chopping the peel. So, I would ...
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