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How to Cut and Peel Fruits and Vegetables

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The cooking process goes way smoother when you know the right way to cut fruits, vegetables, berries, and other food products you use in your dishes. 5-Minute Crafts is sure that everyone can learn proper cutting techniques and make the time they spend in the kitchen fun and pleasant.

What you’ll need:

  • A syringe

How to do it:

1. Take a syringe and remove the needle part.

2. Cut off the needle hub and the upper part of the syringe barrel.

3. Place the syringe at the top part of the apple. The stem should be placed inside the upper part of the syringe.

4. Push the syringe inside the apple with your hand. Make sure it goes all the way down to the bottom of the apple. This way, the apple core will be locked inside the syringe.

5. Push the syringe up to remove the apple core.

6. Enjoy the result.

How to do it:

1. Take a watermelon and make 8 cuts, as is shown in the picture above. Don’t cut the watermelon completely from the top to the bottom — about 1/6 of the watermelon should stay intact.

2. Turn the watermelon to the side and cut off the upper part. We won’t use these pieces since they mostly consist of the rind.

3. Keep cutting the watermelon until you reach its intact part.

  • If the remaining intact part contains watermelon flesh, you can make the aforementioned cuts in the watermelon deeper and cut this part as well.

4. Enjoy the result.

What you’ll need:

  • A pair of clean rubber gloves

How to do it:

1. Put on clean rubber gloves and take a garlic bulb in your hands.

2. Divide the garlic bulb into several parts.

3. Keeping the parts of the garlic bulb in your hands, rub your hands against each other to remove the husk.

4. Keep rubbing your hands until the garlic cloves are clean.

How to do it:

1. Take a mango and visually divide it into 3 parts, as is shown in the picture above. The middle part is where the mango pit is located, so we won’t use it.

2. Take a knife and cut your mango into 3 parts. We’ll use only the 2 larger parts.

3. Take the larger parts and cut their flesh with a knife. When making a cut, move from the top to the bottom. Don’t cut the mango skin! The distance between the cuts should be about an inch, depending on the size of the mango.

4. Turn the parts at a 90-degree angle and cut the mango flesh the same way.

5. Take the mango part in your hands and gently arch it so that the small square parts inside get separated from each other. Repeat on the other mango piece and you’re ready to serve the fruit (you’ll have to use a fork or your fingers to separate the mango pieces from the skin while eating).

Note: You can use your fingers or a knife to remove all the mango pieces from the skin if you want to add them to a dish or serve them separately, without the skin.

How to do it:

1. Take a peach and visually divide it into 8 equal parts.

2. Take a knife and make deep cuts along these imaginary lines from the top to the bottom of the fruit. When making a cut, you should feel the peach pit with your knife.

3. Make a deep cut around the circumference of the peach. You should feel the pit with your knife.

4. Take both parts of the peach in your hands and rotate them in different directions until parts of the peach separate from each other.

5. Enjoy the result.

What you’ll need:

  • A fork
  • A microwave
  • A vegetable peeler

How to do it:

1. Take a pumpkin and start poking it with a fork. The fork should penetrate the skin and leave small holes.

2. Keep going until the whole pumpkin is covered with small holes.

3. Put the pumpkin in the microwave for 4 minutes.

4. Cut off the top part of the pumpkin.

5. Peel the pumpkin with a vegetable peeler. Start from the upper part of the pumpkin and move to the bottom.

6. Enjoy the result.

How to do it:

1. Take a pomegranate and cut its skin in a circle at its upper section. The cut should be deep enough to penetrate the skin, but be careful and try not to ruin the seeds.

2. Make 5 rounded cuts, moving around the circumference of the upper part of the pomegranate and along the cutting line you’ve already made.

3. Pull the stem and remove the top part of the pomegranate.

4. Visually divide the pomegranate into 6 equal parts.

5. Make deep cuts along these imaginary lines.

6. Gently pull each part to the side and down to reveal the seeds.

7. Enjoy the result.

What you’ll need:

  • A microwave

How to do it:

1. Take a tomato and cut a small cross through its skin at the bottom. The cut shouldn’t be deep.

2. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

3. Gently remove the tomato skin with your hands.

4. Enjoy the result.

How to do it:

1. Take a pitaya and cut off its top and bottom parts.

2. Cut the fruit in half.

3. Cut the fruit’s flesh with a knife, making vertical cuts. Don’t cut the skin! The distance between the cuts should be about an inch, depending on the size of the pitaya.

4. Now cut the flesh making horizontal cuts. Don’t cut the skin! Again, the distance between the cuts should be about an inch, depending on the size of the pitaya.

5. Gently separate the pitaya skin from the flesh with a knife but don’t take it out of the skin just yet.

6. Grab a fork and enjoy the result.

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