Kitchen Hacks

A Brilliant Hack for Peeling Mango

March 19, 2015

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Don't fight with your mango -- or waste any of its fruit. Instead, Katie Quinn shows us an easy, foolproof way to peel a mango.

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We already know that mango is delicious -- whether in pickle, salad, drink, frozen, or naked form. Peeling them, on the other hand, is not as universally loved. Luckily, there's a trick that's as easy breezy as the islands where these sunny fruits are grown. As video journalist and food enthusiast KatieQ shows us, all you need is a knife and a cup. You'll be eating a lot more mango just to show off this party trick.

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Ellen June 10, 2016
HOW STUPID...SO much of the fruit was wasted!
Tahoedirt January 9, 2016
I can improve on this- Use a martini shaker- more like knife than a glass- Wish I could sell this idea. Mangoes now 10/$1 !!!
Tania H. March 20, 2015
A big spoon also does the job.
sharon March 20, 2015
Please tell me how I cut the mango forst? I always end up hacking at it
sharon March 20, 2015
Ali S. March 20, 2015
I usually account for an inch in the middle for the pit
jhay March 19, 2015
Been doing this for years, fabulous trick to perform for company Kids go bugeyed at the practiced swipe). Works for ripe, thick skinned avocados too.
Ali S. March 19, 2015
Avocado -- so smart!
Andrea Y. March 19, 2015
I have a mango right now I'm avoiding because I dread the peeling. Seems like I always end up with about 15% of the mango's weight left to eat. Will try today... and report back how successful it was.
Kenzi W. March 19, 2015
One of our editors tried this a few days ago, and she's hooked! Definitely let us know.
Sarah J. March 19, 2015
Yep! That's me! I've done it twice, and it's worked very well both times. After I'm finished scooping, I like use my teeth to scrape off any remaining flesh from the mango skin :)
Andrea Y. March 20, 2015
It worked! Quite well. I did it on both big sides I cut and the little sides. Mangos still have a huge inedible part though, who made those things? Glad to know about this trick.