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Peeling is the act of removing the peel from a fruit or vegetable. The peel is the outer protective layer of a fruit or vegetable.


Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Why remove the peel? It sounds like a ton of work just to remove the outer layer. To be honest, you certainly don’t have to, but most people prefer their fruits and vegetables peeled, especially within a recipe. You can remove the peel using your fingernails (for a food such as an orange with an easy to remove peel) or with a mechanical peeler, which is extremely easy to operate. The choice is yours.

What You Will Need:

Think about what you are about to peel. Is it easy to pull the skin off, like with a clementine? Then feel free to just use your fingernails to pry it off. If it is a little harder, like a cucumber, you will need:

  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • A mechanical peeler

Basic Steps:

The steps below are for peeling a food with a harder outer peel, such as a zucchini. You can use the easier method of a mechanical peeler, or opt for the more risky version with just a knife.

  1. Wash the zucchini and cut off both ends with a knife.
  2. Take your peeler and, starting from the top, slowly peel toward yourself. Keep your hands free of the peeler in case it should slip. You’ll want to apply medium pressure, and pull smoothly the entire time.
  3. Keep going and turning the zucchini until it is as peeled as you desire!


Tips For You:

  • Sometimes the recipe may ask you to keep the peel on, for one reason or another! Plus, it is argued that eating the peel of a vegetable can actually be good for you.

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