Monday, March 29, 2010
To segment an orange, begin by slicing off the top and bottom of the orange, so you have a good steady surface on which to rest the orange. Ensure you've sliced off enough to see plenty of the orange and not too much pith.
Then, following the curve of the orange, slice off sections of peels, starting from the top to the bottom of the orange as it's resting on your cutting board. Trim off any excess pith remaining on the orange.
Place your knife as close to a line of membrane as possible and make one slice. Move your knife to the other side of the orange segment, as close to the other line of membrane as possible, and make another slice.
The orange segment should pop right out - remember to segment your oranges over a bowl in which to drop the slices as well as to catch the juices.
Continue with this process until you've segmented the entire orange. Squeeze the remaining orange piece to extract all juice.
Orange segments are perfect pieces of orange that can be used in a number of ways: salads, breakfasts, desserts (see my Orange Tian) and even just for eating alone.