June 25, 2012

Spoon Peeling and a Simple Fruit Dressing

When it comes to cooking, my opinion is, less time in the kitchen = more time with my family. So today I'm going to show you three little tricks to save you time in the kitchen. First I'll show you how to spoon peel a kiwi, then how to core an apple without a gadget, and lastly I'll share a quick dressing recipe for chopped fruit salad. 

How to Spoon Peel a Kiwi
First up, how to spoon peel a kiwi. I'll let the images speak for themselves.

In case you missed that, use a brown paper bag to help ripen your kiwi. When ripe, cut off the knobby end, and then cut lengthwise. Insert spoon just underneath the skin and work back and forth until the skin is released from the fruit. Simple as that!

(Oh, and by the way, this trick also works with avocados)

How to Core an Apple (without a corer)
Next up, an easy way to core an apple without a gadget. Despite owning one of those apple-corer-gadgets, I actually find this method to be even easier. Take a look.
That's four simple cuts placed in a square around the stem. Super easy!

Barely There Fruit Dressing Recipe

Now that you have freshly chopped fruit on hand, here is a great dressing recipe for fruit salad. This dressing is a very light and lets the fruit's natural flavor be the star. I use just enough dressing to barely coat the fruit.

I've been using this recipe for years, created out of my necessity to prevent fruit from browning when preparing fruit salad in advance. I hesitate to even call it a recipe, because until tonight, I've never even measured anything. I usually just eyeball it. (I and encourage you to do the same because it's so much quicker than actually measuring everything)

Without further ado, here's the recipe.

Simple Fruit Dressing
Chopped fruit (4 servings)
4 Tbls Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt
2 Tbls Orange Juice

A variety of fresh chopped fruit is best. Generally, I use one piece of fruit, or handful of berries, per person/serving.

Take a regular sized spoon out of your drawer and scoop four spoonfuls of yogurt into a coffee mug. Using the same spoon, pour two spoonfuls of orange juice into the mug. Stir.

Slowly pour over chopped fruit until just barely coated. (You may have extra dressing that is not needed.)

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(This post was written by me, and first published as a guest post at One Dog Woof)

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  1. Brilliant. I had no idea how to easily cut a kiwi. I am definitely going to try that. AND, beautiful pictures!!!

  2. I just threw away a couple Kiwis because it was such a mess trying to peel and eat the first one that I never tried the others and they went bad. But now I know!

    Also - even thought it seems so simple, the apple cutting is great! I always fail at slicing apples.

    Hmmm... guess I'm not very good at prepping fruit to eat. lol

    Definitely want to try that fruit salad dressing - sounds so easy and delicious. mmm

  3. That looks like my house minus the kiwis... the girls will not try them. Oh well. Thanks for the tips. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine Blog award. Thanks for inspiring me and others. Don't forget to grab the button off my post.

  4. Yay on being a guest poster! These are great tips.