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What is the easiest way to peel a turnip. Particularly the ones with a wax coating. I would love to hear your answer. - Leah Colern (3/15/99)


I usually use a vegetable peeler (a paring knife can cut too deeply into the nutritious flesh near the surface).  Baby turnips (those less than 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter) can simply be scrubbed and cooked whole. There are two school's of thought on cooking larger turnips - they can either be peeled and quartered or chopped before cooking - or they can be cooked in their skin and then peeled (they are said to be sweeter this way).  If you are baking turnips in the oven, do not peel before baking. - Linda Stradley

I put paper towel around the waxed turnips and then microwave them for 5 minutes on high and they peel and cut like a dream. You can then cut them and boil as usual or continue on in the microwave ….. although I tend to boil them. - Vicki Hamilton



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