Sometimes it feels like prepping your ingredients for a recipe takes way longer than actually cooking a meal. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to make washing, cutting and peeling a little easier. Preparing fruit can often be tricky — and nothing is more daunting than the mango, with its wonky shape, slippery peel and hidden pit. Fortunately, we found a viral food prep hack that simplifies the process. Keep scrolling for the surprisingly easy trick for how to peel a mango.
How to peel a mango like a pro
You can use a knife to remove the skin from a mango, but that method is awkward due to the mango’s shape, which makes it easy for the knife to slip and cut you. Plus, using a knife often results in a lot of sweet, yummy flesh being removed along with the skin.
Instead of trying to peel off the mango’s skin with a knife, dietitian Melanie Kluzek has a surprise trick: Just use a sturdy glass instead. Here, she demonstrates the glass-peeling method in a short video:
Prefer written instructions? Here’s a simple step-by-step:
- Stand the mango up lengthwise on a cutting board.
- Slice the mango about ¼ inch out from the center, moving the knife in one clean downward motion — this is to avoid the pit, which is usually about 1 inch wide in the center of the fruit.
- Repeat on the other side of the center.
- Take one of the slices and place it flesh-side down on the mouth of the glass, holding it at a 90-degree angle.
- Press the mango slice down the side of the glass, using the rim to free the flesh from the skin. The fruit will fall inside the glass.
- Repeat with other slice.
How to use this method for other fruits
As an added bonus, this peeling method works for kiwis too! To peel a kiwi, cut it in half right down the middle. Then, use a shot glass and the same technique to push the peel away from the fruit, letting the clean halves drop right into the tiny glass.
Keep in mind that your fruits should be as ripe as possible before you try either of these peeling methods. If your mangoes or kiwis are still a little tough, you will have a harder time pushing the cut pieces into the rim of the glass. Also, the entire section of fruit won’t peel off in one fell swoop. Hopefully with this new peeling method under your belt, you’ll be tempted to eat mangoes and kiwis more often.
Eating straight mango is a delicious treat, but check out these delicious and healthy drink recipes that use your beautifully sliced fruit: