April 6, 2011

How To Simply Peel An Orange in 17 Seconds

Learn The Secret and you will never peel an orange like this again
I love oranges. Prior to learning The Secret to preparing these juicy fruits I sometimes felt frustration with the peeling process, and the resulting mess.

Then I met a fellow citrus lover who inducted me into the Citrus Peelers Guild with a 17 second secret citrus ceremony. Since that day I have employed what I learned to cleanly and effortlessly peel every orange I have eaten.

Now, I pass this minor, yet valuable knowledge on to you.

17 Second (Formerly) Secret Citrus Ceremony

Step 1

Cut both ends off the orange, taking care not to cut too far into the juicy bits.


 Ends off, elapsed time 4 sec.

Step 2

Vertical cuts, elapsed time 11 sec.

Cut into the peel from end to end. Repeat going around the orange, about 5 or 6 cuts. Don't cut too deep.

 Step 3

Use your thumb to easily remove the individual pieces of peel one at a time.

Remove sections of peel, elapsed time 17 sec

Step 4

Yum - Enjoy
Enjoy your cleanly peeled orange. It has a variety of health benefits. Oranges are full of anti-oxidants and Vitamin C. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and are a very good source of fiber.

Now that you know the secret to peeling an orange, may your life be simplified just that teeny bit more. Sometimes little things can make a big difference. We can talk about the guild handshake later, after I have enjoyed my orange.


  1. Better yet, you can use a Tupperware orange peeler and surely shave off an extra second or two. I've had mine since I was a kid and would probably not bother with citrus fruit if it weren't for that handy tool :-)
    Especially now that I'm "allowed" to eat citrus fruit. We've almost finished our frozen fruit from the summer and I simply can't face eating any more apples until fall.

  2. Geneviève,

    Thank you for mentioning these nifty little tools. Definitely safer than a sharp knife, and if I could shave a couple of seconds off my best time - wow. Get ready for the Orange Peel Olympics. Has your family been doing the 100 Mile (161 Kilometre) Diet?

  3. We're not doing the 100 mile diet but we adopt the general premise in a moderate way. We filled two apartment-sized freezers with fruit and some tomatoes. They were delicious! And we've been trying to focus on local food where it makes sense. Bill's been reading a lot about food miles and trying to figure out things like when it makes more sense to eat a tomato shipped by boat from California versus one grown in a greenhouse here. This is not as cut and dry as one would think.

    By the way, the authors of 100 mile diet used to live right below us until a few months ago.

    Have a good weekend!


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