woman holding a metal scouring pad and a carrot

If You Hate Peeling Food, Then You Have to Try These 6 Handy Hacks!

If you’re anything like me, you LOVE to cook, but absolutely hate engaging in any sort of food prep. Who likes scrubbing potatoes and mincing carrots anyways? But my most dreaded chore is, without a doubt, peeling produce. Oftentimes, I find that even the priciest hand-held peelers can’t get into those tough nooks and crannies.

That’s why we’re going to share a video with you today that helps take the fuss out of skinning your fruits and veggies, all without having to touch that peeler. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the clip.

  1. Scour your carrots with ease

    Removing the skin from a “hairy” carrot doesn’t need to be a laborious task! All you need to do is grab a stainless steel scouring pad and get to work.

    Simply wash your carrot using your favorite produce wash (you can make your own right here) and place the veggie on a cutting board. Take a hold of your scouring pad, then simply “buff” the skin away.

    The best part about this hack is that clean-up is so easy; just rinse the stainless steel pad with soap and water and put aside for your next peeling session. Cool, huh?!

  2. Skin your grapefruit with a spoon

    If you’re looking to add some wonderful tartness to your fruit salad, then look no further than this brilliant grapefruit skinning hack.

    Start off by laying your grapefruit on its side so that its ends are facing out horizontally. Make one full cut to the fruit, but don’t pull apart! Next, inch a tablespoon into the crease and turn clockwise, making tiny pushing motions as you go.

    Once you’ve made a full circle, you should be able to easily twist the skin off of the two equal halves. This method keeps the juice in the fruit and allows for a more attractive presentation.

  3. Peel your potatoes by hand

    Out of all of the “peelable” foods out there, I think I loathe working with potatoes the most. The undertaking can just be so time-consuming! That’s why I ditched my potato peeler ages ago when we first featured this no-brainer.

    Take a boiled potato from a steaming pot, and quickly plop it into some ice water using metal tongs. Leave the potato in the frigid bowl for about 5 to 10 seconds. After the hot potato is properly cooled off, dip your hand in and grab that spud—you should notice some skin already sloughing off right at first touch!

    To get the rest of it off, gently peel the brown part back with your fingers. And remember to do this gingerly; the outside will probably come off a lot easier than you expected!

See how stress-free peeling can be? To learn 3 more brilliant tips from this video, be sure to click on the play button below. Pretty soon you’ll be kissing that dull peeler of yours goodbye!

What do you think of these time-saving peeling hacks? Have you tried any of these before? How do you save time when you are prepping your food? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!