Favorite handy kitchen tips/tricks?

Hi all! I was reading an article online that mentioned using an ice cream scoop to get the seeds out of melons and squash halves, and it got me thinking about other little tricks that are helpful to use.

I love to use either a melon baller or a sturdy teaspoon to core halved apples and pears.

Also, a great tip for skinning kiwi: Slice off each end and grab a spoon. If you're right-handed, hold the kiwi in your left hand and the spoon in your right, and insert the spoon between the flesh and the skin starting at the bottom end of the fruit, until the tip of the spoon is visible at the top end. Begin to turn the spoon, using your left thumb as a guide to prevent the spoon from breaking through the skin, and rotate the kiwi around as you go, so that the skin gets loosened by the spoon all the way around. Once you reach the starting point, pull out the spoon and slip off the skin in one piece. Voila! No more weird, faceted-looking kiwi from using a paring knife to remove the skin! The fruit is left intact and very little flesh, if any, is removed by doing it this way.

What are your favorite kitchen tricks?


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