How to cut the skin off an orange – or any citrus fruit, really, tangerines, grapefruit, blood oranges, etc. All you need is a sharp knife and an attack strategy. Here's the one that works for me.
Once the oranges are sliced, make something that's surprising and delicious – for a salad, try Savory Orange Slices or for dessert, try Citrus Slices with Orange Flower Water, Spices & Chocolate Shavings.
Slice Off the Top and the Bottom.
First, cut small slices off the top and the bottom. Make sure to cut completely through the "pith" – that's the white fibrous layer between the orange skin and the orange sections.Two reasons why we do this.
First, it needs to come off. But it also creates flat – and safe – surfaces to work with.
Slice Off the Sides, Just from the Top.
Place the orange with a flat-side on the cutting board. Holding your knife at an angle, slice off a section of orange peel, top to bottom, cutting at least halfway down, a little more if you can. After finishing one section, turn the orange and cut off another. Repeat until the top half is "bare of skin".
Flip and Repeat.
Now turn the orange over, place the flat side down and repeat the process, removing the rest of the skin.
Cutting cross-wise, cut the orange into slices.
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