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How to Peel a Kiwi using a Spoon

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Anyone who has ever peeled a kiwi, either for slicing or just plain eating, knows that it can be a sticky, prickly, headache. This demonstrates how simple it can be to peel one quickly and easily with a spoon.
 
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Step 1: Why a Spoon?

Lets first take a look at methods of peeling a kiwi:

Peeler = using a peeler often smashes the fruit, it is time consuming, and leaves those prickly hairs every where.
Fingers= using your fingers is a sticky mess, leaving juice dripping down your sleeves, and chunks of peel sticking to your fingers.
Spoon=using a spoon is fast, relatively mess free, keeps the fruit intact, and doesn't shave all those pesky prickly hairs off. 

So let's perform this magic trick...

Step 2: Getting Started

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To begin you will need:

A ripe kiwi
A spoon 
A knife
A plate or cutting board

To get things started, take your knife and gently cut off one end of the kiwi. It is best to do this on a plate or cutting board to prevent scratching your table top/counter.

Step 3: Spooning

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To spoon the kiwi:

`Insert the spoon just beneath the skin on the cut end, with the cupped side facing the fruit. 
`Push the spoon under the skin towards the other end of the kiwi.
`Sweep your spoon around the fruit just beneath the skin until you come full circle.

NOTE: If you just plan on eating it yourself you can just eat it by the spoonful straight out of the peel, using the skin as a natural "cup" then throw away the peel when you are done. It's a fast, mess free snack.

Step 4: Remove the Peel

At this point the skin/peel of the kiwi will be very loose around the fruit.

To remove it:
`Gently push the fruit out of the peel
`fold the peel back over the attached end of the kiwi.
`Now take your knife and cut off the peel & remaining end of the kiwi.
`You can now slice your perfectly naked kiwi into slices for everyone to enjoy
Lord_Vek1 year ago
Very useful and clever my friend. Thanks!
SaucyMouth2 years ago
Love this tip! Can't wait to try it! Thanks
MicioGatta2 years ago
Great :D!
I recently bought a new home and it has a kiwi tree in the garden :) I alway ate kiwis cutting them in the middle and eating the fruit with a spoon directly from the peel.
ltdaria2 years ago
Wow, my friend does this but he can't get to the skin as close as you do!
mygibzone (author)  ltdaria2 years ago
I like kiwis, so I'm well rehearsed! ;)
Awesome! Looks so easy!
mopm2 years ago
I like this, awesome kiwi!
Gorski_Song2 years ago
Funny. I tried peeling a kiwi with a spoon for the first time just 2 days ago.
mygibzone (author)  Gorski_Song2 years ago
Did it work well for you? Cuz I think it's da-bomb.
davin_x2 years ago
I've tried the spoon trick (in fact some kiwi's sold come with something that I can only call a spork, though Zespri calls it a Spife --> http://zesprikiwi.com/home-consumers/zespri-kiwifruit/cut-scoop/spife). Every try has ended up with either a squished kiwi, kiwi with 'fur' all over.

Will be keen on trying this soon to see if it works.
mygibzone (author)  davin_x2 years ago
Really? I just use one of my regular kitchen spoons, and it works AWESOME every time. Is the one they provide plastic? I've never tried plastic but I would imagine it wouldn't sweep the inside as nicely because it would be too flexible. Give it a try my way and let me know. :)
The Zespri version is a firm plastic, the knife portion works pretty well. My biggest issue is mostly either me applying too much pressure and squashing the fruit, or just making a mess with the 'fur' all over the fruit and I have to wash it for hours :)
mygibzone (author)  mygibzone2 years ago
I just looked at theirs and noticed they say to cut the kiwi in half. I only cut the end off off mine. That may make the difference because I would think it would work better to have more of the skin holding the spoon against the fruit.
zohoki2 years ago
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mygibzone (author)  zohoki2 years ago
I tried your link but it didn't work. I'm assuming there are some on youtube. If so NICE!!! The more the merrier!
mygibzone (author) 2 years ago
I've always loved kiwis but I love them even more now that I can eat them mess free.
Fantastic! I've been eating kiwi since I was very young, but I've never seen it done this way. :)