Q: The one time I tried to prepare plantains, I could not peel them for anything!
What is the secret — or did I pick bad ones?
Sent by Robin via Facebook
Editor: Robin, yes, plantains can be a little tricky! They look like bananas, but their thick, tough skin is deceptively tricky to peel away. If a plantain is anything but utterly ripe (as when it is black and very soft) you will need to cut its tough jacket away. Here is a great series of photos from Meseidy at The Noshery, demonstrating how her Puerto Rican grandmother taught her to peel plantains:
• Do you Know How to Peel a Plantain? at The Noshery
Readers, any tips for peeling plantains? Do you still use this method when they're very ripe?
Related: Recipe: Plantain and Macadamia Nut Bread
(Image: Meseidy of The Noshery)