Easiest Ways to Peel These 3 Vegetables

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Some vegetables just seem like they were designed to test our patience. That’s why today we’re sharing some game-changing tricks for peeling those notoriously tricky veggies. Let’s turn that kitchen frustration into a smooth, peeling breeze!

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is one of the more daunting vegetables to peel. But here’s a tip. Pierce the squash in several places with a fork. Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes. Using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel the skin. The microwave step should make the skin come off with minimal effort.


Beets are known for their tough skin and the mess they can make. Next time, wash the beets and boil them whole in a pot of water until they are fork-tender (30-40 minutes). Once boiled, transfer the beets to a bowl of ice water. When cooled, you can use your hands (wear gloves to avoid staining) to rub off the skin gently.


The delicate flesh of tomatoes can make peeling them a challenge. So here’s a trick. Score a small “X” on the bottom of each tomato. Gently place the tomatoes in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. The skin should now be loose enough to peel!