Simplified Removal of Orange Peel and Pith

When it is desirable to remove the white membrane from a peeled orange, the process can be simplified by first placing the unpeeled orange in boiling water for 5 minutes.
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Simplified Removal of Orange Peel and Pith

When adding whole orange segments to your recipes, it is generally desirable to remove as much of the pith as possible when peeling the oranges. Listed below are detailed instructions on how to make removing the pith easier.
  • Place the oranges in boiling water, remove from heat, and allow to stand for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove the oranges from the hot water and allow to cool until they can be handled.
  • Use a sharp knife or a citrus peeler to score the peel around the stem end, being careful not to cut into the flesh. Then remove the stem end of the peel.
  • Carefully score the peel from the stem end down to the opposite end without cutting into the flesh. Make four even cuts in this manner around the orange.
  • Using your fingers, peel each section away from the flesh. The peel and pith should come off easily.
  • Any pith that remains can be carefully removed by scraping with a paring knife.
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