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Peel and Section Oranges

Cooking tips for the caring cook.


Make Peeling More Pleasurable

  • If you pour boiling water over unpeeled oranges and let them sit in it for 5 to 7 minutes, they will be easy to peel. This may be done in advance and the oranges refrigerated, as once the peel is loosened it stays that way. This will also remove all white pulp.
  • To peel and section oranges, slice the end section off the orange. Peel away orange skin.
  • Cut down against either side of membrane "dividers" with paring knife and lift out orange section. Do this over a bowl to catch the juice.

Use this method for sectioning other citrus fruits such as grapefruit.

Chef's Tip

The thin colorful part of citrus fruit peel, called zest, contains flavorful oils. Grate citrus with a fine grater or citrus zester, but do not grate the pith as it is bitter.

Orange tip

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