Why it’s important to know how to peel oranges and other citrus fruit.
On the surface, peeling a citrus fruit seems like a simple enough task. However, if you’ve ever attempted to peel an orange using your bare hands and teeth only to find that the skin is thick, bitter and filled with pith, we’re willing to bet that you know what it feels like to be frustrated by fruit. But there’s no need for this kind of anger in the kitchen—peeling citrus doesn’t have to be difficult if you know how to do it properly. Here are three reasons why it’s important learn how to peel oranges and other citrus fruits easily:
- It makes eating them easier. The first and most obvious reason why learning how to peel citrus properly is important is because it makes eating them much more enjoyable. Citrus peels that are easily removed will make enjoying any favorite citrus dish or beverage more convenient and less messy.
- It makes using them in recipes easier. If you enjoy cooking with citrus—say, by adding lemon zest or lime juice—you may have found yourself struggling with getting under the skin of these fruits when preparing them for a recipe before. Learning how to easily peel oranges and other types of citrus can help you prepare ingredients for baking or cooking much more quickly than before!
- It makes storing them easier. When stored whole at room temperature, most types of citrus can keep for about one week without going bad (though grapefruit will last longer). However, peeled sections wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or foil can last up to a week longer than their unpeeled counterparts. By learning how to easily peel oranges and other types of fruit, you’ll be able to keep your groceries fresh for longer!
The best way to prepare your citrus fruit before peeling.
Before you even begin, ensure that the fruit is properly prepared. After washing it, use a soft bristled brush to remove any remaining dirt or grime. Dry the fruit thoroughly with a clean paper towel before proceeding.
Next, use a sharp knife to cut off any blemishes on the peel of the fruit so it doesn’t interfere with your peeling job. If desired, cut off the top and bottom of your citrus as well—this will provide more stability while you work.
How to peel an orange and other citrus fruit with minimal waste.
Peeling an orange and other citrus fruit means removing the bitter rind, or skin, from the fruit. When you peel with your hands, you break off small pieces of the rind and remove it in irregular chunks. The paring knife method allows for a more uniform and careful removal of rind and pith, if that’s what you desire.
If you decide to use a paring knife, hold the fruit in one hand (if comfortable) and carefully run the blade of the knife along each membrane separating sections of flesh. Use gentle pressure to cut through peel and pith until no more remains. If there is still a little bit left when you are finished peeling, don’t worry! It is fine to eat this part with the rest of your delicious citrus!
Peeling citrus using only your hands.
An easy way to peel citrus is by using nothing but your own hands. First, use a sharp knife to cut a slit into the skin, following the contours of the fruit. Next, cut through the skin to the flesh until you can peel it back. If you find that the skin is tough, a spoon will help you lift it from the fruit.
Easy ways to peel grapefruit (and why you should eat this citrus food!)
You might be surprised to learn that grapefruit, like many citrus fruits, are loaded with nutrients. Vitamin C is especially abundant in grapefruit, and it provides a wealth of benefits to the immune system. Grapefruits also contain potassium and magnesium as well as other vitamins, making them great for your nutrition!
With all that being said, let’s now talk about how to peel grapefruits. Many people like to use their fingers to peel grapefruit because it gives them more control over how much fruit they’re peeling at one time. While this is one way you could go about peeling grapefruits, it’s not necessarily the best method if you’re looking for something quick and easy that doesn’t involve too much work on your part. One thing we do recommend doing before starting any type of project involving fruit or vegetables is washing them thoroughly under running water so there aren’t any contaminants left behind from handling them earlier throughout the day (this may seem obvious but sometimes gets overlooked).
How to remove the white pith from citrus fruits.
This is important, because the part of the fruit that we don’t eat, which is known as pith, is actually quite bitter. You can remove it using a knife or by peeling the skin away with your fingers. If you’re going to use a knife to remove the pith, it’s best to first cut off any excess peel at the top and bottom of the fruit:
Peel away as much of the pith as possible without cutting into it (if you are using a knife). Note that some people like to keep some of their pith because they think it tastes good when eaten. Others have found creative uses for this unwanted part of citrus fruits: they make bowls or cups out of them!
How to use a spoon to remove the pith from a clementine.
To remove the pith from a clementine with a spoon, hold the clementine in one hand and use a spoon to scrape it away. The white part of the fruit can be bitter, so many people prefer to remove it. However, because pith is edible and full of vitamins and fiber, you don’t have to discard it if you would rather not take the time to remove it.
Citrus fruit is an important part of your diet, and knowing how to peel it will make healthy eating easier.
Adequate preparation often makes for easier, less error-prone jobs, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to peeling citrus fruits. When you’re ready to peel a citrus fruit, the first thing you should do is wash it. This ensures there aren’t any foreign particles or germs on the outside of your fruit, which are then transferred to your hand and mouth when peeling and eating. After washing your fruit, use a towel to dry it off so that you can get a better grip on it later.
Now you’re ready to peel! There’s more than one method of peeling your citrus fruit; two common techniques are using only your hands and using a knife. The hand method is much less wasteful—since there’s no cutting involved, all of the edible flesh remains intact—but some people prefer the knife method because they feel it gives them more precision in removing only tough outer layers without accidentally taking off part of the tangerine or grapefruit itself as well.
This brings us back to our original question: How do you peel an orange? Well… carefully! But seriously; with enough practice (and making sure your fingers don’t slip), peeling an orange isn’t difficult at all!There are lots of reasons to eat more citrus fruit. It’s good for you and it tastes amazing! But sometimes when you’re trying to peel your fruit, you end up with a handful of pulp that’s difficult to eat, or maybe even smeared all over your shirt.
What if we told you there’s an easier way? Well, we are here to tell you exactly that!
In our latest blog post, Citrus Peeling Explained: How to Peel a Citrus Fruit Easily, we explain everything you need to know about how to peel your favorite citrus fruits in one quick and easy step. No more fussing with knives or pith or seeds—just pure citrus goodness! We also give tips on how best to store your peeled citrus fruits so they stay fresh and delicious until you’re ready for them.
Check out the full post today!
Citrus peeling can be a difficult task if you’ve never done it before. Here’s how you can take on that task and peel your citrus with ease.
First things first: gather your tools. You will need a citrus fruit and a knive to peel the fruit. Make sure not to use a serrated knife as it will make it harder to peel the fruit.
Now, you’re going to cut off the top of the citrus fruit with your knife. This will allow you to see inside the fruit and determine where the peel starts and ends.
Once you have determined where the peel starts, insert your knife in that spot, then slice around the circumference of the fruit until you get back to where you started.
Now, slice off the bottom of the citrus fruit so that it is flat, then slice across your original slices so that you have strips of peel. Now, simply remove each strip from the citrus fruit with your fingers or a spoon!
Look, we get it. You’re busy, and you don’t have time to be peeling orange peels off of your orange peels. You’re not alone! Most people are just guessing when they do it, anyway. But isn’t there a better way? A faster way?
Yes! There is! But first, we’ll need to understand why peeling citrus fruits can sometimes be so difficult.
Citrus Peeling Explained: Why Is Citrus So Hard To Peel?
The peel of a citrus fruit is divided into two parts: the outer part (zest), and the inner part (pith). The zest is the delicious part that you want for cooking or eating. The pith is bitter and chewy. It’s hard to separate the two because they’re stuck together like glue.
When you cut a citrus fruit, you end up breaking the fiber cells in both the zest and the pith, causing them to release polysaccharides—natural plant glue. That’s what makes separating them so difficult.
How Do You Prevent That From Happening?
In order to peel a citrus fruit without getting zest stuck in your pith, you need to keep those fibers intact until you’ve finished
I’m going to tell you a secret: no one actually knows how to peel a citrus fruit. And if they say they do, they’re lying.
Over the years, I’ve tried all kinds of techniques: using my fingers, using a knife, using a spoon, using a spoon shaped like a bunny… but nothing worked as well as I wanted it to. I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences.
Until… one day—it all changed! I was in my backyard, trying to peel an orange with no tools at all (like some kind of animal), and the skin just sort of… fell off! And then the rest of the orange peeled away from its pith so easily that I thought there must have been some kind of mistake. But this wasn’t a mistake; it was a revelation!
After that fateful day, I studied what makes citrus fruits so hard to peel—and how to make them easier to peel. And now, for your convenience and pleasure, I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.
Peeling a citrus fruit can be such a hassle. It’s easy to get frustrated when your fingernails are getting caught on the pith, or you’re pulling off bits of peel in your attempt to make the perfect peel. But don’t worry—we’ve got tried-and-true tips for peeling a citrus fruit with ease!
1. Heat the fruit, then chill it
2. Freeze the fruit before peeling it
These methods work for pretty much any citrus fruit, but oranges and grapefruit may require some extra steps.
It’s finally citrus season!
Oranges, grapefruits, clementines, and other citrus fruits are at their peak now (December through January). Citrus is a great source of vitamin C and has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.
There are lots of ways to get that incredible zing into your diet, but the usual methods—juicing or eating slices—can be intimidating when you don’t know how to handle these fruits. We’re here with a quick guide on how to peel and enjoy citrus this season.
Citrus can be really hard to peel, since they all have such thick skins. But there’s an easy way around this! Just cut off one end of the fruit—the top or bottom is fine. Then make some shallow cuts on the exposed flesh in a star pattern. Rotate the fruit 180 degrees and repeat. The skin will naturally come off in sections, so you can pull it away when it does!
Hey, you know that feeling when you sit down to the breakfast table at a hotel and see a bowl of mandarin oranges and you just lick your lips in anticipation? But then you’re handed an orange and it’s a little bit… tough to peel? Not quite as easy as you were expecting?
Well, we’ve got you. Here are some easy steps to make sure every single citrus fruit is ready to eat in no time flat:
1. First, give the fruit a thorough wash. This helps remove any wax or other residue on the outer skin that might make peeling more difficult.
2. Next, find a flat surface—a table or cutting board works well. Place the fruit on the surface with one of its “ends” facing up. This will be the part that has either two bumps or one long bump going up the side of it.
3. Pick up the fruit and turn it so that this same end is facing toward you on your palm while your fingers hold it steady.
4. With your other hand, use an appropriate-sized knife (like a paring knife) to cut off this end with one slice.
5. Now place the fruit back down on its