9 Easy Kitchen Hacks For Peeling And Prep
There’s nothing more satisfying than the first bite of fresh fruit or a deliciously prepared vegetable, but sometimes getting through mother nature’s packaging can drive you crazy. Deseeding a pomegranate usually leaves your kitchen looking like there’s been a massacre, and it’s an unspoken law that every time you squeeze a lime some juice goes straight into your eye. But those days of nightmarish peeling and complicated coring are over, because we have 9 easy kitchen hacks that will speed up and simplify your fruit and veggie prep process!
1. Pitting Olives
- empty bottle
Put the olive on the lip of a bottle and hold it in place. Use a straw to push out the pit so that it falls into the empty bottle.
2. Peeling Carrots
- aluminum foil
No peeler? No problem! Crumple up some aluminum foil into a ball and rub it on the outside of the carrot. The outer layer will come off instantly.
3. Peeling Bananas
Gently squeeze the peel at the back of the banana, pressing it against the front to create a crack in the peel. Now you can easily pull the peel apart and take it off.
4. Cleaning Pumpkin Seeds
- bowl with water
Remove the seeds of the pumpkin with a spoon. Put the seeds, along with the pulp, in a bowl of water. The individual seeds can easily be separated from the pulp when they're submerged in water.
5. Peeling Pumpkins
- plastic wrap
Even if you can actually eat the skin of a pumpkin, people usually choose to eat it without, even though peeling it can be a pain. For an easier way, cut the pumpkin into wedges, place the wedges in a microwave-safe bowl, and cover the entire bowl with plastic wrap. Place it in the microwave for 10 minutes and the skin can easily be removed.
6. Deseeding Pomegranates
Remove the top of the pomegranate. Cut it from top to bottom 4 times, making sure not to cut completely through the base. Open up the pomegranate, flip it over, and knock the seeds out into a bowl.
7. Peeling Beets
Put the beet under running water and peel away. It's way easier and keeps your hands clean!
8. Pitting Apples
- disposable plastic syringe
Take the plunger out of the syringe and cut the nozzle off. You should be left with a hollow cylinder, which you can use to push the core out of any apple.
9. Squeezing Limes
Cut the lime in half and flip it inside out so that all of the fruit is exposed. This will make it easy to squeeze all of the juice out.
With these quick and easy tricks, you'll be ready to prepare your next culinary masterpiece without any of the hassle!