What is your first step when making any kind of medicinal skin cream, juice, dessert that includes aloe vera gel? A difficult one! Before you can do anything else, you have to extract that slimy, fleshy gel from the inside of the plant’s leaves, which can be complicated, time-consuming, and intimating–especially to aloe newbie’s! But don’t let a little difficulty keep you from benefiting from one of the world’s most medicinal plants! Here’s a cool tip that should help you tackle even the most tricky aloe vera leaf. Be discouraged no more! Go get that aloe vera gel!
The Normal Method and its Flaws
While the “filet it like a fish” description of aloe vera gel extraction gives you a good visual of how to go about using your knife to get to the aloe’s plant’s inner gel goodness, it is also a dangerous picture. Aloe vera leaves are thick and fleshy, but relatively thin considering you are slicing them down the middle. It would take an experienced knife-wielder to get that one done quickly, efficiently and without injury!
Easily Extract Aloe Vera Gel: The Trick
So how can you make the task easier and safer? You need a new tool.
Fruit Peeler to the Rescue!
Get out your fruit peeler! A kitchen utensil that may not get too much use in your household (except for maybe those potatoes), the fruit peeler can be reinvented! Just as you would peel a carrot, use your fruit peeler to skim the surface of your aloe vera leaf and peel off the skin. This technical method is not only safer than using a knife but it is more precise. You can really remove that layer of leaf you need to without sacrificing any aloe gel underneath. This is especially good for when you want to make aloe vera gel cubes (e.g. like when making dessert or putting it in a salad) and need a thick chunk (the filet way may just not cut it!).
The Caution: Solving the Fruit Peeler Problem
As with anything, there is a potential drawback to using a fruit peeler to extract aloe vera gel. However, it can and shall be overcome! Aloe latex is a yellow sap that lies just below the surface of aloe vera leaves. Due to its laxative properties, you should avoid consuming it: it can really mess up your digestive tract, not to mention make you run to the toilet all day long! Because the fruit peeler method should allow you to hit just below the surface of the aloe leaf (which is what allows you to salvage so much of the gel whole), you to make sure no aloe latex contaminates your gel. Be sure to rinse the aloe gel you collect off in water two or three times to remove any aloe latex that inched its way in. Easy enough solution, am I right?
Now that you know the secret to being a master of aloe extraction, confront that aloe leaf with confidence!