How many ways can there possibly be to peel a carrot? More than one, as it turns out.
If you're like most people, you use a vegetable peeler and scrape the carrot beginning at the thick base and moving swiftly to the point, rotating the carrot as you repeat this motion. But chef and food stylist Kara Michelson shares with #OWNSHOW a technique she uses that is much faster than the tried-and-true method.
"That's a great [method] if you're using, say, one carrot for a salad," Michelson says. "But as a chef, when we're cooking a lot of product, we might want to do a whole bag or a couple bags of carrots. So, we're going to do a little technique using both sides of the peeler."
Michelson takes the peeler and runs it down the carrot from the base to the tip -- but instead of rotating the carrot and repeating this, she rotates the carrot and peels back up without taking the peeler away from the vegetable. It's all in one fluid movement.
"Most people don't realize you have both sides of the blade, so why not be more efficient and use both sides?" Michelson says.
You certainly don't have to be a chef in a professional kitchen to make use of this tip. It's a great technique to use when you're just preparing carrots for a dinner party, Michelson points out. She does, however, share a word of caution. "You're going to go fast eventually, but you might want to start out slow because it's a little bit of a new technique," she warns.
Even if you're not cooking an entire bag of vegetables, this trick saves what Michelson calls "enough time" to be worth it.
"Any time saved in the kitchen is great, right?" she says.
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