8 Peeling And Food Preparation Hacks

Spending time in the kitchen preparing a nice meal can be a very relaxing, rewarding experience. But food preparation can sometimes get you down, between having to wash, peel, chop, dice, and mince all of the different ingredients. Peeling fruits, vegetables, and nuts can be particularly frustrating and time-consuming. But all of that's about to change, because we have some super simple insider tips to help make everything easier! These 8 peeling & food prep hacks will show you how to to remove the peels from mangoes, celery stalks, chestnuts, and other foods in no time at all. Stress and frustration are definitely not on the menu tonight!

1. Pomegranate Juice Pump

Spoon the seeds from a fresh pomegranate into the tube of an unused plastic syringe. Put your mouth on the opening of the syringe, push the plunger into the tube, and delicious pomegranate juice will flow straight into your mouth!

2. Peel An Orange

Sometimes orange peels can be stubborn and annoying to get off. For an easier peel, put the orange in the freezer for 5 minutes before trying to peel it. After just a few minutes, the peel will come off much more easily.

3. Peel Celery Stalks

There's nothing worse than biting into a piece of celery and getting all of the tough, grainy strips stuck in your teeth. To prevent this from happening, bend the pale, thick end of the celery stalk upwards and slowly pull it up and away from the rest of the stalk. The toughest strands of the celery will peel away with it!

4. Mango Peeling Hack

Hold the mango upright on a plate and cut the peel in the shape of a cross. Pull the peel away carefully and you'll be left with the delicious fruit inside!

5. Peel Tomatoes

When a recipe calls for peeling the skin off of your tomatoes, don't get discouraged – it's easier to do than you might think! Place the tomatoes in a frying pan with thick layer of cooking oil, bring the oil to a simmer, and put the top on the frying pan. Once everything has cooled down, the skin will slip right off of the tomatoes.

6. Pull A Watermelon Apart

Cutting through the center of a watermelon is no easy task. Luckily, it's actually pretty easy to pull apart! Make 1 large vertical cut in the watermelon that goes from the stem to the tip. Cut out a small semicircle on 1 side of the cut to make space for your hands. Reach into the hole with both hands and pull the watermelon apart, then it will be super easy to cut into individual slices!

7. Peel Chestnuts

Chestnuts might seem like hard nuts to crack, but it's actually very simple to peel them. Cut each chestnut in half and place their exposed sides facing down on a plate. Heat the chestnuts in the microwave for 2 minutes and their skin will slide right off.

8. Remove Strawberry Stems

Instead of cutting off the tops of your strawberries and losing a lot of the fruit, use a fork to get rid of the stems. Guide the prongs through the stem and of the strawberry and pull the fork upwards. If the strawberry is ripe enough, the stem will come right off!

These simple hacks for the kitchen are guaranteed to make your life easier. Whether you're looking for a speedy snack or you're preparing a huge meal for family and friends, they're sure to come in handy!


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