How to Cut & Peel Food
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How To Carve a Bone-in Leg of LambSkills
"Perfect slices every time."
Aug 24, 2022
This Cake-Serving Hack Makes Cutting Round Cakes a BreezeSkills
Plus you'll be able to serve more cake and cut down on waste!
Aug 22, 2022
I Tried This No-Fuss Onion-Peeling Hack and It’s the Only Method I Want to Use NowSkills
Spoiler alert: It won't stop your tears.
Aug 18, 2022
5 Times You Don’t Have to Peel CarrotsSkills
Have you spent most of your life peeling carrots before cooking or eating them just because that’s what you’ve seen other people do, so you followed suit? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. When it comes down to it, you don’t ever really have to peel carrots. As long as you wash and scrub them well to remove dirt and any debris (this natural fruit and veggie wash is a good start!), unpeeled carrots are perfectly safe (and delicious) to eat.
Aug 17, 2022
This Tool Does Not Actually Sharpen Your Knife. Here’s What a Steel Really DoesSkills
If you watch food competition shows, you’ll probably see a competitor or chef expertly running their knives over that steel tool pictured above. In fact, you might even own one of those steels if you have a big knife set or knife block. So do you know what that tool is? It sharpens knives, right? But here’s where you’re wrong: That tool, no matter what it is labeled, is decidedly not a sharpening steel. The tool many think of as a sharpening steel is actually a honing steel.
Aug 15, 2022
I Put 2 Internet-Famous Corn-Shucking Hacks to the Test to See Which Works BestSkills
A new method faced off against Kitchn's go-to method.
Aug 6, 2022
This Clever Hack Changed the Way I Cut Clingstone PeachesSkills
No more clingy pits.
Aug 6, 2022
How To Easily Peel Peaches Without a KnifeSkills
When you get a hold of nice ripe peaches, it can be tempting to just take a big bite and eat them straight-up. But if you’re using them for pie, ice cream, or in other peach recipes, you probably want to remove their skins first. Removing the peels can help provide a more consistent texture to your favorite treats.
Aug 3, 2022
Padma Lakshmi's Trick for Seeding a Pomegranate Is Easy, Fast, and Mess-FreeSkills
No need to worry about the seeds spilling everywhere!
Aug 1, 2022
How to Cut Tomatoes for Sandwiches, Salads, and MoreSkills
Our step-by-step photo guide will show you the way.
Jul 28, 2022
The Fastest Way to Chop Watermelon for Margaritas and MoreSkills
Summer suddenly just got a whole lot cooler.
Jul 27, 2022
The Best Way to Cut a Peach, Plus How to Use Fresh PeachesSkills
Follow these steps to get a peach pie in the oven ASAP!
Jul 22, 2022
Here's the Quickest, Easiest Way to Peel TomatoesSkills
Get ready for silky-smooth tomato sauce.
Jul 22, 2022
How to Seed a Tomato, Without Making a Total MessSkills
It's way easier than it might seem.
Jul 20, 2022
How To Cut Zucchini (6 Ways)Skills
The possibilities are endless when it comes to zucchini!
Jul 19, 2022
How to Shred Zucchini (2 Ways)Skills
You'll be making delicious zucchini bread all summer long!
Jul 14, 2022
We Tried 5 Ways of Cutting Corn off the Cob and the Winner Was ClearSkills
It was also the simplest.
Jul 12, 2022
This Padma Lakshmi–Approved Hack for Pitting Peaches Takes Just a Few SecondsSkills
You'll have delicious peach pies and cobblers on the table in no time!
Jul 12, 2022
How to Cut Papaya — A Step-by-Step GuideSkills
Follow these simple steps to slice your fresh papaya.
Jun 25, 2022
How to Peel Kiwis — A Step-by-Step GuideSkills
There are four easy ways to do it!
Jun 24, 2022
I Tried the Popular Method for No-Peel Eggs and It’s Perfect for Your Summer SaladSkills
"If you need to make a lot of eggs at once this is a simpler method and you’ll only end up with one dish to wash."
Jun 22, 2022
This Simple Hack Will Help You Mince Chives Like a Professional ChefSkills
This makes it so much easier.
Jun 13, 2022
The Only Thing You Need to Know About Pork Chop TemperaturesSkills
The one magic number to rule them all.
Jun 3, 2022
This Super-Simple Hack Makes Shredding Mozzarella the Easiest It’s Ever BeenSkills
This method makes so much sense.
Jun 2, 2022
Remove the Core from Iceberg Lettuce in Seconds with This Simple TrickSkills
This makes prepping salads so much easier.
May 21, 2022
How To Strip Herbs off Their StemsSkills
Let’s talk about fresh herbs. They smell great, they make our food taste incredible, and they are a pain in the you-know-what to get off the stem. If you try to tell me you actually enjoy picking off each tiny leaf, methodically working your way to a full tablespoon, I’m going to call shenanigans. Yes, fresh herbs make us work for our reward — no way around it. At the very least, we should be sure we’re stripping and mincing our herbs in the most efficient way possible.
May 19, 2022
Why You Should Stop Seeding TomatoesSkills
If you’ve been seeding your tomatoes before using them in your cooking, we have news for you: maybe you should stop. Or so says America’s Test Kitchen host Chris Kimball in his new book on the science of cooking. So what’s wrong with seeding tomatoes?
May 13, 2022
A Better Way to Dice an AvocadoSkills
We eat a lot of avocados in our house. And if we’re making guacamole or avocado toast, the means by which we remove the flesh from the shell matters very little. But if we want clean, uniform chunks, this is our go-to method. It’s so much easier than “make a grid pattern and then pop out the pieces” (which never worked for us anyway).
May 13, 2022
How To Cut Up a Chicken: 10 Knife Skills TutorialsSkills
As we dive into some fresh tutorials and videos for How To Month we’d like to first direct your attention to a few tutorials from our archives. These 10 tutorials are all on everyone’s most-requested topic: Knife skills!There are some basics here; we especially recommend the video on basic knife skills, which covers how to set up your cutting board, and how to hold your knife. Also, The Claw! makes an appearance.
May 12, 2022
How to Separate an EggSkills
We just read a tip at Saveur’s website and learned something new. No, not about separating an egg in your hands, although that’s a good one, too. There’s something else…Saveur claims eggs will separate more easily when they are cold, not room temperature. We occasionally do have trouble getting that last bit of white film away from the yolk.
May 12, 2022
How To: Cut a PumpkinSkills
Mallets, moving cars, and great heights have all figured in suggestions of how to split open a pumpkin. We’ve been tempted to hurl ours off the balcony, but patience and a good chef’s knife should do the trick in the end. See step-by-step photos below… NOTE: We really only recommend this for small pie pumpkins that can easily be steadied with one hand. Anything over 3 or 4 pounds – use a saw or screwdriver and mallet. 1. Start with a small pie pumpkin.
May 12, 2022
How to Peel Garlic Quickly and EasilySkills
I encounter a lot of chefs that don’t know how to peel garlic and end up doing it the long, hard way. Other chefs use packaged peeled garlic. Personally, I prefer to buy my garlic fresh at the Farmer’s Market and peel them myself. I think it’s more economical and sustainable this way – the garlic comes direct from the farmer without any plastic packaging, and has less carbon footprint because the garlic wasn’t processed by machines and then shipped to supermarkets.
May 11, 2022
Technique: Roasting Peeled GarlicSkills
Today is National Garlic Day and we can’t let it go by without another garlic tip! We’ve already talked about our unabashed love of pre-peeled garlic. We realized recently that we could roast these jumbo peeled cloves just like a regular papered head, and we’ve found this to be a great and easy way to use up extra garlic. After the garlic is roasted, we like to mash it with the oil to mix into fillings, or leave the cloves whole to be rubbed on toasts or bread with soft cheese.
May 11, 2022
This Super-Simple Hack Will Make Cutting Celery a Breeze Every TimeSkills
The tip will change the way you mince your celery from here on out.
May 10, 2022
This Free Online Knife Skills Class Will Teach You Everything You Need To KnowSkills
Before watching Brendan McDermott’s series of knife skills lessons, I thought I knew my way around a chef’s knife. You guys, I was wrong. In under two hours, this mini class taught me more about slicing and dicing than decades of trial-and-error experience in my home kitchen. Watch it right now and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Oh and best of all? It’s completely free. Brendan McDermott has cred to spare when it comes to culinary instruction.
May 5, 2022
This Hack Helps You De-Stem Your Herbs Using a Kitchen Gadget You Likely Already HaveSkills
You know, if you're into that kind of thing.
Apr 20, 2022
The Best Trick for Slicing Cinnamon Roll Dough PerfectlySkills
You likely already everything you need.
Apr 16, 2022
Use This Clever Hack to Quickly and Easily Chop Hard-Boiled EggsSkills
It uses an unexpected household kitchen item.
Mar 26, 2022
This Ingenious Rainbow Buttercream Hack Gives You Six Colors with Just One BowlSkills
Just one bowl and one spatula dirty? Yes, please!
Mar 18, 2022
This Brilliant Hack Will Forever Change How We Slice PieSkills
You'll wonder why you didn't know this sooner.
Mar 18, 2022
How To Cut and Eat a GrapefruitSkills
A half of a grapefruit is a pretty wonderful way to start your day. Sure it’s healthy, but even better, it’s a delicious and juicy treat that wakes you up with its puckery taste! Grapefruits do require a small amount of prep work, but it only takes a sharp knife and a short minute to free up those segments. Read on for our step-by-step instructions.You can’t just cut a grapefruit in half and dig in with a spoon. Well, you can but you will make a mess of it.
Mar 11, 2022
We Tried 6 Methods for Cutting a PineappleSkills
The winner was easy and efficient.
Feb 12, 2022
Ina Garten's Tiny Trick Will Have You Using Cookie Cutters for Soup — Yes, SoupSkills
This trick for making soup toppers is so unbelievably easy!
Feb 2, 2022
To Make Perfect Slices of Watermelon, Use This Common Household ItemSkills
It's something you probably already have.
Jul 1, 2021
Making Fluffy Mashed Potatoes? Don’t Peel Before Boiling.Skills
Peeling is actually easier afterward: We'll show you how.
Jun 28, 2021
Put Away Your Knife and Save Your Fingers with This Fun Trick for Pitting an Avocado
I Tried It
All you need are your hands!
Jun 4, 2021
We Tried 4 Popular Methods for Dicing an Avocado and the Winner Was Also the Easiest
Skills Showdown
For guacamole, smoothies, salads, avocado toast, and so much more!
May 13, 2021
The Violent Way to “Mince” a Boatload of Ginger in 2 SecondsSkills
It's a great way to get your anger out while you're cooking.
May 12, 2021
This 20-Second Garlic Peeling Trick Is Better than Any Other MethodSkills
No messy bowls. No bruised, sticky cloves.
May 11, 2021
I Tried the Annoyingly Brilliant TikTok Trick for Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs and WOWSkills
I’ve been cooking for a long time, and nothing has delighted or surprised me as much as this technique.
Apr 15, 2021
Here’s How to Juice a Lemon Without Cutting It (Yes, It’s Possible)Skills
All you need is a wooden skewer.
Apr 2, 2021
The Onion Chopping Tip You’ll Wish You Knew Years Ago (No More Tears!)Skills
All you need is a wet paper towel.
Mar 1, 2021
I Tried the TikTok-Famous Trick for Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs with a Coffee MugSkills
Could this really be the answer to my (hard-boiled egg) dreams?
Feb 22, 2021
This Super Simple Trick Has Me Peeling Potatoes Faster Than EverSkills
This tip has almost 50,000 likes on TikTok.
Feb 17, 2021
3 Times You Do NOT Need to Mince Your GarlicSkills
Here are 3 times you can skip mincing garlic, even when a recipe calls for it.
Jan 29, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Peeling Garlic and Found the Fastest and Easiest Method on the Planet
Skills Showdown
The winner uses a little heat to save time.
Oct 23, 2020
Here’s Why You Should Never Throw Out Potato PeelsSkills
This plate is stacked high with crispy, chewy snacks that fall somewhere between potato chips and French fries — and it's all because I didn't throw out my potato scraps.
Oct 20, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Using a Knife
Kitchn Cooking School
Learn to wield an eight-inch blade (safely!) as well as any sous-chef in the business.
Oct 8, 2020
Tip: Save Time by Chopping Garlic and Saving it in OilSkills
There are some tasks in the kitchen I don’t enjoy: grating cheese, shucking corn, and peeling and chopping garlic among them. The kids can take over some of those tasks, and they should, because — just like my mother told me, over and over — while they live in my house, they have to live by my rules. She also observed that when I had my own house, I could make my own rules. She was right. This totally came true! I make rules all the time! Even though they get broken.
Sep 30, 2020
Kitchen Skill Classes with a Kid? Absolutely!Skills
When a local kitchen store called to see if I would be interested in trying one of their classes, I jumped at the chance. I’m a self taught cook and I have the scars and culinary tragedies in my past to prove it. Hoping to save at least one of my children from their own mistakes, I brought my 12 year old son Xander with me to the class. It was a lot of fun and we both learned how to use knives in a safer, more efficient way. By the time it was over, we were pros!
Sep 30, 2020
How I Make Peeling (and Cleaning) Pumpkin a Little EasierSkills
Sure, it’s a cliche. But when October rolls around, I want pumpkin. No, not the flavor of pumpkin spice, but actual pumpkin. I love pumpkin soup, pumpkin chili, even pumpkin muffins, and it seems more festive to buy a fresh one than pick up a few cans of purée. But peeling pumpkin is a pain, or it was until I learned a few tricks. Sadly, I know of no better way to remove the seeds than to just dig in to the slimy insides with my bare hands.
Sep 30, 2020
To Peel or Not to Peel: 7 Questions I Ask Myself Before Peeling a VegetableSkills
I used to be meticulous about peeling vegetables. Also? I used to eat a lot less vegetables and have three less children than I have today. I’ve gotten lazier about peeling, especially if the vegetables will be cooked. Besides, aren’t there nutrients in the skin of vegetables and fruits? In the end, whether or not the vegetable gets peeled depends on a few things. How do I make the decision? How many hours are there in a day? How busy am I and how long can I wait to eat?
Sep 30, 2020
Cut Your Toddler’s Sugar Intake with This Simple StrategySkills
When my child turned 1, it suddenly seemed like the world was conspiring to up her sugar intake. There were lollipops at the supermarket (and the bank), bowls of candy at family nights in our town square, birthday cupcakes at daycare, and fruit snacks at the playground. I had so much sugar anxiety that I once seriously debated skipping a friend’s party when I learned there would be store-bought cupcakes piled high with bright-blue frosting.
Sep 30, 2020
The Cutest Way to Pack Condiments for LunchSkills
Packing lunch every day can get boring, but here’s a fun and inexpensive way to make it more fun. My colleague Meghan makes lunch for her kids each day and, on a hunt to keep her “lunch-packing spark alive,” she stumbled on the cutest little way to pack up condiments for lunch boxes. Meghan stumbled upon these condiment containers made for Japanese bento boxes and instantly fell in love.
Sep 30, 2020
Cutting Onions Makes Me Feel Like I’m About to Black Out, So I Went Down a Rabbit Hole to Find Out WhySkills
“Your reaction is one of the worst that I’ve heard, Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, an ophthalmologist at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, tells me over the phone.
Sep 25, 2020
This Is the Best Way to Cut a Watermelon for SnackingSkills
This shape makes eating watermelon even more fun (and less messy).
Aug 26, 2020
How to Peel and Cut a Butternut SquashSkills
Watch the video to learn how to peel and cut a butternut squash.
Jul 15, 2020
Here’s How to Hull a StrawberrySkills
Don't discount this super basic technique; it can save a lot of your hand-picked beauties!
Jul 1, 2020
3 Simple Tricks for Getting Perfect Slices of Cake
SKILLS
No more sloppy slices!
Apr 10, 2020