How to Prep Citrus Fruits (Supremes)

Another basic how to that will help you impress your friends and loved ones with your culinary prowess.  Today we’re going to learn about making citrus supremes.  You know when you get a fruit salad and there are those cute little orange wedges with no pith or membrane?  Those are orange supremes.

Clementine Supremes

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 Paring Knife
  • 1 Orange

WHAT YOU DO

  1. Cut the top and bottom off the orange
  2. Slice the skin off the orange, vertically from top to bottom, doing your best to remove all the white pith
  3. Carefully remove any remaining pith
  4. Hold the orange in your hand, I know it’s scary, but you’ll be alright
  5. Cut down on the flesh of a segment of an orange following the membrane on the right side (if you’re right handed), when you get to the center of the orange, turn the knife slightly left, press the knife slightly and wiggle it back and forth to separate the flesh of the other side from the membrane
  6. Slowly pull the knife towards yourself and peel the flesh off the left side of the orange, and viola!  You have a supreme!

It might sound complicated, but it’s really easy you just need to do it on about 3 or 4 oranges before you get the hang of it.  Having a really sharp paring knife is extremely important, and you will be cutting near your fingers so be careful!  Also, in the bottom photo, that’s an example of a bad supreme where the person cut down both sides of the membrane, if you cut down one side and pry up the flesh you’ll retain more of the orange segment as well as a better aesthetic!  You can use these supremes for all kinds of salads, fruit salads, and garnishes!

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