But, have you ever given any thought to the outer skin of your fruit and vegetables?
For far too many years I religiously peeled everything edible that entered my kitchen. Potatoes were peeled prior to being boiled or roasted. Carrots were peeled. Even pumpkins and butternut were peeled.
"Why?" I ask myself now. Why did I waste all that energy and time - and goodness.
Most of the goodness lies just below the skin, and through peeling the fruit or veggie, what you are doing is allowing the perfectly encapsulated nutrition to be wasted through dissipation in the boiling water, or in the steam being produced by the boiling water.
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Whole potatoes boiled in their skin;
using a knife to carefully peel the (hot) boiled potatoes;
use the potatoes for potato dauphinois, or mash, etc.
One of the things I love about my Rosie is that I can cook my homegrown butternut and pumpkins whole. I always harvest the pumpkins when they are about the combined size of 3 large grapefruit. That is more than enough for RMan and I and normally stretches to two or three meals - pumpkin as a side veg, pumpkin and potato soup, pumpkin fritters, etc.
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cut out the remaining stem and clean out the pips;
place the stem section back to seal the pumpkin;
baked pumpkin with all the retained goodness;
baked whole pumpkin so tender it falls apart
Then it is simply a matter of slicing off a chunk of the pumpkin for the side veggie option. When the balance of the pumpkin is cool, I scrape the flesh away from the cooked skin, and keep it in the fridge until it is needed for the next meal.
This saves preparation time, and cooking time, because for the next meal reheating / redeploying the pumpkin is quick and easy.
Even carrots. I know that unpeeled boiled carrots don't look that appetising, but when you glaze them briefly in honey before serving, there is seriously no need to peel them. If you're using them in coleslaw all they need is a good wash / scrub and then a grate - the mayonnaise hides the sometimes unsightly skin.
Other veggie we eat unpeeled are cucumbers, tomatoes, peas - in fact only things with really hard skin - like avocado's, oranges, lemons, banana's - are peeled. Everything else is left as it came in from the garden :)
RMan now wants me to peel carrots by the way. That is because the alpaca's love grated carrots, carrot skins and carrot greens. It is their very best treat :)