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The Ultimate Kitchen Hacks To Peel Almost Everything Effortlessly

The Ultimate Kitchen Hacks To Peel Almost Everything Effortlessly

To peel quickly is to save a few months of your life – and to quickly fill the hungry stomachs of the people you’re cooking for.

Peeling fruits, vegetables, and even meat (from their skin or scales, the case of fishes) takes a lot of skill, and a requirement if you’re looking to work in the culinary industry. To peel quickly is to prepare food with haste, and the less time you spend holding a knife, the less likely you are to hurt yourself. So, regardless if you’re a stay at home mom, an aspiring culinary master, or just someone looking to help out at Thanksgiving, here are some quick peeling hacks that will enable you to skin everything in less than a minute (or two):

Onions – it can make you cry

This spice is one of the most used in the world, and it is a regular in everyday cooking. Burgers, pizzas, salads and other home-cooked meals would be flavorless without it.

Regardless if you’re peeling a red, white or yellow onion, here’s a quick way to peel it WITHOUT having to cry:

1. Slicing Vertically

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    • First off, cut the onion vertically, and place the flat side of the halves on the chopping board.
    • Cut off the root and the unusable parts of the onion. Make sure not to cut off any good parts!
    • Peel the outer layer of each half with your hands.

    2. Heating it

    • Cut it vertically in half, and remove the unusable parts.
    • Stab it with a barbecue stick or a fork.
    • Preheat a teflon frying pan and hold the against the side of the frying pan.
    • Peel it with your hands (wait for it to cool off to bearable levels).

    Tips:

    • Wear swimming goggles if you’re slicing a large amount of onions. Doing so will prevent you from crying.
    • Refrigerate the onions before slicing them up, and do so when they’re still cold. This will slow down the release of the chemical responsible for making you cry.
    • Wrap your hands with plastic gloves to prevent them from smelling like onions.

    Garlic – good for the heart, hard to peel in the kitchen

    Like onions, garlic is one of the most widely used spice in the culinary field, which is why peeling it quickly is important: if you’re an aspiring cook or chef, you’re likely going to tackle garlic in every dish you make. Numerous studies have proven that it is good for the heart, but peeling can increase your blood pressure: other than peeling it the outer skin, you need to peel the cloves too. So, let’s cut to the chase and learn the best methods:

    The 20 Second Method

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      • Set the bulb against the counter, with the tip of the shoot facing up. Make sure the counter is firm and in good condition.
      • Strike the bulb with the heel of your palm – this will break off all of the bulbs easily.
      • Place the bulbs inside a metal or ceramic container. Close it tightly.
      • Shake the container like your life depended on it for 15 seconds.
      • Open the container and you’ll see fully or partially peeled cloves.

      This method is perfect if you’re peeling garlic en masse, like if you’re cooking for an army, for example.

      The Flat Knife Method

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        • After separating the cloves, put an unpeeled one on the surface of a chopping board. Hold a flat knife over it.
        • Quickly smash the surface of the knife with your palm. Don’t apply too much force: just do it swiftly and carefully.
        • Remove the rest of the peel by hand.

        Boiled eggs – peeling the hard shell

        Boiled eggs, regardless if they’re hard boiled or soft-boiled, are a mainstay in everyday cuisine. Rich in nutrients particularly protein, it is relatively simple and quick to make, compared to other egg-related dishes. However, peeling it can be quite a chore, especially if you’re in a rush. So, what is the quickest way to peel it?

        Blowing Method

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          • When the eggs are cool enough to handle, remove parts of the shell on the top and bottom of the egg.
          • Make sure the lower hole is larger than the one on top.
          • Blow the egg from the hole on the top, and the soft and edible interior will slide down effortlessly!

          Rather than putting salt, vinegar or baking soda on the water during the boiling process, just resort to this method. It takes less than 10 seconds: just make sure you’re the one eating the eggs though.

          Potato – peeling the thin, brown skin

          There are a ton of reasons why you would want to peel a potato quickly, though primary reasons are always for french fries and mashed potatoes. Although there’s a tutorial video which depicts a whole bag being peeled in under 60 seconds, handling a drill and a power hose at the same time can be dangerous, so there’s no way we’re going to recommend it.

          The hot and cold water method

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            • Use a knife to slice the potato skin lengthwise. Be sure not to cut the insides – only the skin.
            • Put it in a pot of boiling water for at least 10-20 seconds.
            • After which, use a ladle to transfer the potato into a put filled with COLD water.
            • Let it stay for at least 10 seconds.
            • Peel the potato/es using your hands with ease. You can easily peel a dozen of them within five minutes!

            Ginger – a fragrant, healthy but hard to peel spice

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              Peeling ginger can be frustrating, considering that it is bumpy and if you use a knife, you have the tendency to lose half of it if you’re not careful. Surprisingly, the best way to peel it is by using a spoon. Here’s a YouTube video showing how. Simple, right? No need to use a knife now!

              Tomatoes – peeling them for pasta, sauces or salads

                This fruit is a mainstay in almost every kitchen around the world. It may be stir fried, used as a sauce or even eaten raw, like in salads with lettuce and assorted vegetables. Although you may not need to peel it, some people don’t want their tomatoes with skins attached. Here’s how to peel it:

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                Hot and cold water method

                • After removing all of the inedible parts of the fruit, cut a shallow X on the bottom of it, or slice it thinly (be careful not to cut the red, juicy flesh).
                • Prepare a pot of boiling water and put the tomato inside it.
                • After 30 seconds or if you see signs of peeling, immediately remove the fruit from the scalding hot water via a ladle.
                • Prepare a pot of ice cold water and submerge the fruit for at least 30 seconds.
                • Remove the skin effortlessly. This hack applies to all types of tomatoes, from roma to cherry.

                Oranges – peeling them is irritatingly hard

                Arguably one of the most consumed fruit around the world, this citrus is filled with vitamin C and fiber: consuming one everyday – whether in raw or in juice form – will work wonders for your health in the long run. However, peeling it takes a lot of time, and it’s likely to put you in a fit of rage during the whole process. However, what if we told you that you’ve been peeling them wrong (especially if you’ve been doing so with your hands) in your whole life?

                The right method to peel oranges

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                  • First off, get a knife and form a groove in the center of the fruit. Be sure not to reach the fleshy and juicy insides.
                  • Insert thumb inside the groove and immediately remove the peel.
                  • Voila, a peeled orange.

                  Carrots – peeling them like a pro

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                    Unlike other vegetables, peeling a carrot is relatively easy – all you need is either a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. Getting the skin off is relatively easy, and anyone can peel it in less than two minutes. But did you know that there’s a quicker and easier way to peel them?

                    Doing it like a chef

                    • First off, get a double bladed vegetable peeler. Hold the carrot with the point side down on a 45 degree angle.
                    • Peel the carrot downward, starting from the middle.
                    • After you’ve reached the tip, rotate and start peeling upward.
                    • When you’ve reached the top, rotate and peel downward again.
                    • Repeat the last two steps and you’ll have a peeled carrot in less than 20 seconds.

                    Apples – peeling dozens in less than five minutes

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                      Although you should never peel apples due to its skin containing a ton of important nutrients, you need to do so if you’re making apple pie. If you’re running a restaurant or bakeshop and you need to peel a box of apples in half an hour, here’s a foolproof method:

                      The drill method

                      • First off, get a handheld, battery operated drill. Be sure that the drill tip is new, clean, disinfected, sterilized (if you’re going to go that far) and free of rust.
                      • Thrust the drill tip into the core of the apple. Insert it through the top.
                      • As soon as the apple is securely in place, turn on the drill.
                      • Hold a vegetable peeler against the hold you’ll see the skin get peeled off effortlessly.

                      By doing this, it takes three seconds to peel a single apple. However, be sure to have a large working surface since it can get a bit messy.

                      Grapes – skinning them effortlessly

                      There’s no shortcut to peeling grapes – you still have to skin them individually. However, removing the skin can be quite a chore, considering that parts of it may remain. Here’s how to avoid situations like these:

                      • Prepare a pot of boiling water. Put the grapes in a handheld strainer and submerge them in it.
                      • After four seconds. transfer the grapes into the pot containing ice water. Let them stay of 10 seconds.
                      • Peel the skin off with minimal effort.

                      Grapefruit – no need to use the serrated spoon

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                        Almost everybody would eat grapefruit the traditional way: via serrated spoon. However, this wastes 50% of the fruit, and is totally inefficient way of enjoying this sweet, orange like fruit.

                        • Cut slice the top and bottom parts of the grapefruit, enough to expose the flesh of the fruit.
                        • Start slicing off the peel, starting from the top and bottom. Carefully follow the curve of the fruit without sacrificing too much of the flesh.
                        • Enjoy the fleshy insides!

                        Lemons – life loves giving you this fruit

                        Whenever life gives you lemons, you make them useful and edible. This sweet/sour fruit can be used in a lot of ways: as a juice, a supplement to a drink (like in tea) and can be eaten raw as well. Section peeling it is very basic, but it can take you a bit of time to finish it. Anyway. here’s the quickest way to peel it:

                        The spiral peeling method

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                          • First off, cut both ends of the lemon (top and bottom) with a sharp chef’s knife.
                          • Hold the lemon with your less dominant hand. Get a paring knife and position it on the top end (the one you just cut).
                          • Cut the peel carefully in a spiral motion, from top to bottom. Don’t stop or cut off the spiraling peel until you’ve cut it all.

                          Instead of throwing the peel away, you can use it as a garnish, air freshener and even as a spice (lemon zest).

                          Pineapples – possibly the toughest fruit to peel

                          If you manage to peel a pineapple in less than a minute, then you’re obviously skilled with a knife – not everyone can do that. Although there’s this vendor who can peel and slice it in less than a minute (take notes and be amazed chefs). Be armed with an insanely sharp blade and do what he did.

                          Eggplants – quick tip

                          This fruit, though cooked as a vegetable, is pretty versatile and can be cooked in a lot of ways. This dark, purple fruit is consumed worldwide and can be found in almost any cuisine. Though you may elect to keep the skin intact, it is much softer (and tastier) if you remove the peel. Here’s a quick way to do so:

                          • First off, cut the cup and the stem with a sharp chef’s knife.
                          • Like how you peeled the carrot, hold the eggplant 45 degrees downward and start peeling. Use a vegetable peeler.

                          This method takes at least a minute – unless if you have really fast hands.

                          Mangoes – peeling it in under 10 seconds

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                            Possibly one of the tastiest fruits out there, mangoes may be quite a chore to peel, considering that the fleshy insides are as fragile as human eyeballs. That being said, all you need to peel it is a chopping board, a knife and an empty glass. This takes less than 10 seconds to perform:

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                            • First off, slice the mango into three. Put aside the seed in the middle (eat it later) and place the two fleshy thirds in front of you.
                            • Take the empty glass and thrust it into the bottom part of one of the fleshy thirds.
                            • Thrust it all the way into the top and voila, a peeled mango!

                            Keep in mind though, things can get pretty messy, so be sure to do this on top of a chopping board with paper towels at the ready.

                            Coconuts – bashing the shell

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                              Removing a coconut from its shell is arguably one of the most frustrating things a man can ever experience. You can grind the meat off, but this takes a lot of time and effort. Although this does not fit the legal definition of peeling, this deserves a special mention:

                              • Put the coconut on the freezer for 12 hours or overnight.
                              • After which, place it on a hard surface and use and get a hammer.
                              • Lightly smash the coconut in order to put cracks on the shell. Once the pieces fall off, you’ll notice that the meat does not stick to the shell.
                              • Remove the remnants of the shell and all you’ll have is the circular ball of coconut meat.

                              This process takes 30 seconds (12 hours and 30 seconds if you count the time in the freezer), and it’s much more productive and effortless than resorting to other methods. If you need to see a video showing it, here’s a link.

                              Avocado – removing the skin

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                                This fruit can be used to make shakes, consumed raw or as a dip. A single fruit contains a 14 grams of dietary fiber and ample amounts of protein, iron, and vitamins A and C. So, if you’re in a hurry to make guacamole, here’s a quick way to peel it:

                                • First off, cut the avocado LENGTHWISE, rather than cutting it around the width (or the equator). Do NOT slice it in half since it will be impossible to remove the seed.
                                • Be sure to avoid slicing the seed or pit off. Go around it and you will be able to separate both halves with your fingers.
                                • Give the pit a soft whack with the knife, twist it and pull it out. It should come out without effort.
                                • Grab a spoon and scoop out the flesh.

                                Cucumbers – peeling and seeding it

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                                  Although they may be eaten with seeds, its always best de-seed the cucumber before eating or cooking it. That being said, here’s the easiest and quickest method to do both at the same time:

                                  • Cut both ends of the cucumber (top and bottom).
                                  • Slice it in half lengthwise.
                                  • Remove the seeds with a spoon.
                                  • Use either a paring knife or a vegetable peeler to scrape off the skin. Be sure to point it away from you!

                                  Shrimp – peeling the shell off

                                  Seafood is a favorite in coastal areas and a mainstay in Cajun cuisine. Peeling shrimps can be bothersome, considering the degree of difficulty. It is best to remove the shell after it is cooked, considering that it makes it – and the dish – taste better with the shell intact. The fastest way to do so is via a two tined cooking fork. Here’s how:

                                  • First off, pull off the head or chop it off.
                                  • Get the two tined fork and put one of the tines directly on the vein.
                                  • Hold the shrimp in place and push it into the vein cavity.
                                  • Pull the shell via the shrimp’s rear. It will come off effortlessly.

                                  Salmon – skinning it

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                                    One of the major challenges of every sashimi and seafood chef is skinning a salmon, which is never an easy task unless if you’re Gordon Ramsey. It looks so simple, yet seasoned chefs have had a tough time slicing it. Although we don’t expect you to skin it like he did, here’s a step by step process:

                                    • After deboning the salmon, place the fillet with the skin under it on a chopping board. You may want to sprinkle salt on the tail to prevent it from slipping.
                                    • Hold the tail firmly. Cut between the flesh and the skin in the opposite direction from the tail end.
                                    • While holding the end, continue to cut until you’ve fully separated the flesh from the skin.

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                                    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                    Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                    Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                    This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                    One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                    Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                    Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                    1. Gratitude

                                    Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                    The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                    Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                    So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                      2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                      This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                      For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                      What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                      Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                      3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                      This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                      Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                      An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                      Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                        4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                        According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                        There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                        5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                        Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                        Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                        6. Rise Earlier

                                        The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                        For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                        So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                        Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                        7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                        Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                        Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                        It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                        Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                        Reference

                                        [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                        [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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