Even if you love to cook from scratch, finding the time to do it (and do it right) can be an issue. That’s why it’s great when you find shortcuts that don’t take away from the quality of what you’re creating. Remember that How to Peel a Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds video from Saveur that went viral a while back? The method really does make quick work of peeling an entire bulb — although, for the record, it took me about 30 seconds, not 10.

Check out these methods for quickly peeling or opening some tricky fruits and vegetables. A few minutes watching now could save you valuable time in the kitchen later.


Removing seeds from a pomegranate can be a messy, sticky task, but it doesn’t have to be. Using this method, you can get them out without the mess while possibly getting out your frustrations at the same time.

Kiwi, mango or avocado

This method works for all three fruits. Make sure you have a thick, sturdy glass that isn’t likely to break.


Can you really peel a potato without a vegetable peeler or a knife? Yes, you can. If you have to peel pounds and pounds of potatoes for something like potato salad, this would be a less labor-intensive way to do it.


OK, bananas aren't that difficult but if you haven’t seen this already, it’s one of those things you'll be glad you learned. You’ll never have to grab a sharp knife to get a banana peel open again.


It doesn't take all that long to peel a carrot, but this method will get it done even faster than usual. I have to admit, I always thought the reason my vegetable peeler had blades on both sides was so that it could be used in either the left hand or the right hand. It never occurred to me to use it this way.

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5 hacks for unruly fruits and vegetables
These handy hacks will show you the easy way to peel a potato, seed a pomegranate and more to help you save time in the kitchen.