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How to peel and pith citrus

Citrus makes a wonderful addition to salads and salsas, but the trick is removing all the bitter pith. When the pith is removed and the citrus is segmented it is called a "supreme," probably because they are supremely delicious! You can use this method on grapefruits, oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines. For pomelos, I recommend a different method.

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Step 1

Slice off the top and bottom of the citrus so it sits flat when you begin removing the peel.

Step 2

Using a sharp knife cut off the peel in sections.

Step 3

When you are done, check the orange and remove any excess pith.

Step 4

Slide your knife into the orange as close as you can get to the segment membrane. Do this on each side of the membrane to release the segment. Continue segment by segment until all of the segments are removed. Note: there is another way to make citrus supremes that is used by professional chefs. I am investigating this method and will post on it soon.


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