As much as I hate the imagery of the saying ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat’, the meaning really rings true. When it comes to slicing fruit (and veggies), we’re all so accustomed to our own ways that we’re blind to other methods. Getting the skin off an orange or a kiwi might not be the one of the biggest things that you fret about, but when you see these hacks for a quicker and cleaner removal, you may just have one of those delightful ‘aha!’ moments.
Slicing the skin off a kiwi wastes so much of the delicious flesh, and there’s so little of it to start with anyway. While some of us love to simply cut it in half and spoon it out of its own little skin bowl, if you want to serve it neatly, you can also just spoon it out it one clean go.
Trying to get the seeds out of a pomegranate can be quite a struggle, so the best way to do it is cut it in half, stretch it out to loosen the seeds and then simply whack the seeds right out with a wooden spoon.
Mangoes, like kiwis, have a very thin skin that shouldn’t be sliced off (unless you’re a fruit-wasting maniac). Instead, cut off the two sides to avoid the pip and then slide it down the rim of a glass – the yummy edible part will fall right into the glass.
Peeling an orange is and always has been a messy business; the worst is when it breaks off in tiny pieces and ends up taking way too long. Cut around the edge so that you just cut through the skin and then get your thumb in there to release and pull off the rind in one fell swoop.
Since, in general, we like to rush through things, when cutting the tops of strawberries we usually end up throwing out much more berry than we should. Take a straw and push it straight through from the bottom – you’ll see that all you lose are the leaves on top.
Cutting watermelons is the bane of my existence during the warmer months – it’s always messy, sticky and tough to remove all the thick skin. This method may seem a bit complicated, but it actually makes perfect sense. You just need to make a few incisions here and there and you’ll be able to shake out perfect little pink cubes into a bowl – this is ideal for a fruit salad.