Prepping food is not always the simplest, or quickest task. Especially when you are working with foods that might not make appearances in your kitchen all that often. Take fruit for example. Some fruits, like apples, are less complicated and more familiar than others. In fact, many fruits you can simply wash and bite into. But what about those less common, more complicated fruits like kiwi or mangos?
Luckily, people like Maureen Shaw, better known as the Orgasmic Chef, exist and are willing to show you how its done! Most recently, Maureen learned “How to Peel a Kiwi Fruit” from watching a YouTube video that provided a more simple solution than her old ways of peeling with a knife.
According to the video, created by Alejandra Ramos from Always Order Dessert, you can peel kiwis simply by using the right tools and following the steps below:
There are two instruments needed to prepare a kiwi before you indulge:
A knife (make sure it is sharp enough to break through the skin) and a spoon.
Now that you have your tools…
Step 1: Cut off the top and bottom of the kiwi, just enough to eliminate any “hard” areas from the fruit.
Step 2: Take your spoon and place it in the fruit (between the skin and the “juicy” part of the fruit)
Step 3: Bring your spoon all the way around the perimeter of the fruit
Step 4: Push the fruit out
Step 5: Enjoy!
Not too terrible, is it? Now that you’ve discovered how to peel a kiwi, why not tackle another challenging fruit? How about the mango? Although similar to a kiwi, the thicker, rougher skin requires slightly different tools to prepare.
There are three instruments needed to prepare a mango before you indulge:
A large knife, smaller knife, and a flat surface.
Now that you have your tools…
Step 1: Using your larger knife, cut the mango into 3 pieces: the top, the bottom and the middle. The middle is the area containing the large pit.
Step 2: With the smaller knife, cut horizontally and vertically to create a checkerboard-like creation.
Step 3: Turn the skin inside out and cut the squares.
Step 4: With the remainder of the mango, cut around the pit to capture any left over mango surrounding it.
Unfortunately, people may veer away from specific foods, like the kiwi or mango, to avoid failure at preparation. Pick a day that you have some extra time and practice cutting or preparing foods that give you trouble. Now, this isn’t just for beginners. Just like Maureen discovered, there are often easier or faster methods out there to preparing some of the foods you already incorporate on a more consistent basis.
Do you have easy solutions to cut or prepare other food products? We’d love to hear!
Orgasmic Chef is a blog written and maintained by Maureen Shaw. Maureen is one of Around the Plate’s Recipe Gurus and is a member of thePlate Community. As a Recipe Guru, Maureen shares her tips on creating food that not only tastes, but looks delicious as well! Find other healthy eating champions, nutrition experts, and recipe gurus on our community blog network.