There aren't shortcuts to everything in the kitchen, but fortunately there are some. We're lucky that many are willing to share their tips and tricks for making cooking at home easier and sometimes faster with a few skills they've learned along the way.

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One of my least favorite tasks when it comes to cooking is peeling. I know it is necessary, but it certainly isn't the most appealing part of being in the kitchen for me. I do my best to take care of this task as quickly and easily as possible and I've compiled these these seven must-know peeling tips so that you can do the same.

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Peeling tomatoes 1

Peeling tomatoes

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Peeling tomatoes seems like as much fun as well, peeling tomatoes. Let our very own Enriqueta Lemoine show you how to peel tomatoes like a pro.


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Peel an entire head of garlic at once

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Peeling a whole head of garlic can be tedious and time consuming. Not anymore. Watch this fabulous video and learn how to peel a head of garlic in less than 10 seconds.


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Shuck corn

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I love corn, but shucking it is a pain in the corn cob. Let Ken teach you this simple trick to shuck corn that leaves your corn "clean as a whistle" with no pesky cork silks.

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Peel a potato with your bare hands

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Chances are you've seen this video on how to peel a potato with your bare hands, but just in case you haven't or you need a reminder, I had to share it.


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Peeling jicama

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I love jicama in salads or with lime and chile, but it took me a while to figure out how to peel a jicama.


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Peel a plantains

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Learn how to peel plantains and they will be almost as easy to peel as bananas.


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Peel an avocado

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There is more than one way to peel an avocado. In this video Chef Rich Jacobs shows you a variety of ways to peel an avocado.