Plantains are a bright green vegetable that resembles a large banana, but they are prepared differently in the kitchen. You’ll love cooking with plantains once you’ve mastered peeling them; they’re delicious fried, baked, or stewed. How to peel Plantain in 3 easy steps.
What’s the Difference Between a Plantain and Banana? Bananas are best eaten when ripe, with the skin readily peeled away. Plantains, on the other hand, must be cooked whether they are green or ripe. Plantains also demand a little more dexterity because they are more difficult to peel. Nice Food Blogger is here to let you know the easiest way to peel the Plantain.
Ways to peel the Plantain
1. Warm it up & cut the ends:
Bring the Plantain to room temperature before peeling it. If you keep your plantains in the fridge, the cool temperature can make peeling them twice as difficult. One trick is to soak the plantains for a few minutes in hot tap water to warm them up.
On a cutting board, place the Plantain. Remove the Plantain’s ends and discard the tips. Peeling a plantain is not the same as peeling a banana, but you will need the Plantain’s ends to be open to peel it.
2. Slice the Peel
Keep a firm grip on the Plantain. Using the point of the knife, slit the peel along the length of the Plantain. Only cut as deep as the peel’s thickness allows. For easier peeling, make an incision in the center of the Plantain along the perimeter. You could chop the Plantain in half if you don’t need it whole.
If your Plantain is green, you may need to loosen it by sliding the knife just under the peel’s edge without cutting into the flesh.
3. Remove the peel:
Using your fingers and a knife, remove the peel in strips. Skin the plantain peel side to side rather than lengthwise to remove it. It’ll come off in chunks. To aid free each section from the flesh, you may need to use the knife along the edge of each section. The peel of a green plantain will be firm, whereas the peel of a yellow plantain will be malleable.
Don’t be alarmed if a few small chunks come off with the peel; green plantains don’t peel cleanly, so a few bits of skin will likely remain adhered to the fruit. Cut these off with the knife and throw them away. The Plantain banana can now be cooked.
Plantain can be steamed (Alternative Way):
Cut the ends off, and then steam the Plantain. Please put it in a steamer or a pot half-filled with boiling water. Allow the steamer or pot to steam for eight to ten minutes with the lid on. Using tongs, remove the Plantain from the pot. It should have a slight softness to the touch.
You can boil the Plantain instead of steaming it if you like. Half-fill the pot with water, making sure the Plantain is well immersed.
Bring it up to a boil. Boil the Plantain in boiling water for 15 minutes or until the peel begins to slip off. After the Plantain has slightly cooled, you should be able to easily remove the peel.
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