Slicing up food in the kitchen isn't always cut and dry. There are multiple ways to cut up your favorite foods, yet they aren't all created equal. Save time and impress your guests with these genius ways to slice, dice and serve.
Cut A Pepper In One Step
This method is guaranteed the simplest and will also produce the most even segments. With the pepper on its side, cut lengthwise and around the pepper, twisting it around as you go. Remove the center stem and seeds, then slice and dice as desired.
Cut An Onion Without Crying
When you cut an onion, the bulb releases a potent gas that causes you to tear up. To eliminate the crying, just eliminate the bulb! Using a paring knife, cut around a third of the diameter and about a third deep. Make a complete circle, then remove the bulb and cut as normal, sans tears.
Quickly Slice Grape Tomatoes
If you need to slice a bunch of grape tomatoes for a dish, don't waste your time cutting them one by one. Gently sandwich them between two plates and run your knife right through the middle.
How To Get To The Heart Of An Artichoke
Artichokes hearts are delicious and can be intimidating to get to, but they don't have to be! First, cut off the top two-thirds of the artichoke, then trim the outer leaves until you have about five to six layers left. Trim off the hard outer layer around the base and stem, then using a spoon, scoop out the fuzzy center. Rubbing a lemon on the artichoke as you go along will keep it from discoloring.
Easily Shuck Corn
Never deal with those pesky silky hairs again. Simply microwave your ears of corn and those husks will just magically slide off.
Easily Peel A Mango
You can easily peel a mango using just an ordinary drinking glass. After cutting off the slices around pit, take one half and gently but firmly press it along the edge of the glass. The juicy flesh will fall in the cup and be ready to dice and serve.
Get The Most Juice Out Of Your Limes
Just like when you wring out a towel to remove the most water, you can do the same with a lime (or lemon) to collect the most juice. After slicing the lime in half, cut off sections until you have a core piece, then twist over a bowl.
The Best Way To Cut And Cook Spaghetti Squash
The traditional method of cutting a spaghetti squash in half and baking in the oven results in short pieces that can be mushy and soft. To make it more spaghetti-like, cut your squash in rings before baking. The strands will stay more intact thus creating longer pieces that will also have a better texture.
Easily Cut And Serve Watermelon
For fun grab-and-go sticks, start by cutting your watermelon in half. Then, simply cute length and width-wise to quickly create a perfectly-sized snack.
Make Potato Wedges In A Flash
If you own an apple cutter (which you should since they are so cheap and so handy!), you can easily use them on potatoes to quickly make wedges. Perfect for some homemade fries!
Peel A Kiwi With A Spoon
Easily peel a kiwi with two simple steps. First, cut off the top and bottom of the fruit. Next, make a small slit with your knife on the side of the peel. Then wedge a spoon curved side down into the slit, and push around the diameter to completely remove the skin.
The Easiest Way To Cut An Orange
These fun orange strips are so simple to make. Simply slice off the top and bottom of your orange, make one cut in the side all the way to the core, and using your hands, unravel the sections. This method also works well with lemons and limes.
Cut A Pineapple Like A Pro
Efficiently and stylishly cut a pineapple with this simple method. Start by cutting off the top and bottoms, then cut all around the sides to remove the skin. To remove the eyes, cut small wedges on a diagonal. From there slice as desired, removing the core if you wish.
Sneakily Cut A Pizza
Next time you cook a pizza for your friends, use this subtle method to cut a generous serving for yourself without anyone knowing. First, cut a rectangle out of the center, push the pizza together and repeat. Push the halves together again and slice as normal.
Peel A Peach Without A Knife
If you aren't a fan of peach skin, try this simple method to easily peel with just your hands. Place your peach in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds, then remove and place into an ice bath for about 10-15 seconds. Gently squeeze the peach near the stem, then gently pull back the skin.
Best Way To Cut A Pomegranate
Pomegranates is a wonderful fruit but can be very tricky to cut. The easiest way is to gently score the fruit into five or six sections, break it apart by hand and gently brush out the seeds into a bowl of water. Any excess skin will naturally float to the top so you can just skim it off.
Easily Peel And Slice Avocados
If you have a perfectly ripe avocado, it is a breeze to peel and cut. Slice in half around the pit, cut in half again and gently pull off the peel and slice.