A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 17, 2013
“There’s more than one way to peel an orange”

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat” has been cited in print since at least 1836. The expression means that there’s more than one way of doing things.

“There is more than one way to peel a feline” was cited in print in 1946. Fruit or vegetable variations of the saying have been used since at least the 1950s. “There is more than one way to peel an orange” was cited in 1954. “There is more than one way to peel an elongated yellow fruit” was cited in 1976. “There is more than one way to peel an orange or a grapefruit” was cited in 1977. Apples, carrots, potatoes and onions have also been used in the saying.


4 January 1946, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “The Kibitzer” (bridge column) by Sam Gordon, pg. 10, col. 4:
There is more than one way to peel a feline.

8 August 1954, New York (NY) Times, “RECORDS: HAYDN; Quartet Series Goes On—Other Chamber Music” by Harold C. Schonberg, pg. X6:
It is the misfortune of any that he has to run against the competition of Toscanini in all except the Haydn; but there is more than one way to peel an orange, and Fricsay’s way loses none of the juice.

27 February 1976, Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, AR), “From the Readers’ Viewpoint,” pg. 4, col. 7:
No matter what the select committee may adopt to restrain senatorial ego, there is more than one way to peel an elongated yellow fruit or circumvent the cerulean enactments.
(L. Ostendorf, Fayetteville—ed.)

Google News Archive
21 March 1977, Harlan (KY) Daily Enterprise, “Grapefruit Adds Visit To Salads” by Aileen Claire, pg. 6, col. 1:
Are you getting the most mileage from the citrus fruits you buy? There is more than one way to peel an orange or a grapefruit, so to speak.

Google News Archive
11 April 1980, Sarasota (FL) Journal, “Outdoors” by Buck Lovegrove, pg. 3-C, col. 3:
Seems there is more than one way to peel a shrimp!

Google News Archive
1 June 1989, Moscow-Pullman (ID) Daily News, “Potato Crontroversy,” pg. 5A, col. 3:
NAMPA —There’s more than one way to peel a potato and two different methods have become a major issue in contract negotiations between growers and processors.

Google Books
Know More English
By Thomas George Sunega
Publisher: Scarborough, Ont.: Prentice-Hall Canada
1991
Pg. 166:
There is more than one way to peel a banana.

Grist
11 Oct 2007 1:52 AM
Umbra on tossing food waste
By Ask Umbra
(...)
Many angles to consider here — or, there’s more than one way to peel this apple. Is that the expression? Am I conflating skinning a cat with peel me a grape?

The Street
SEC: Do as We Say, Not as We Do
By Debra Borchard
12/23/08 - 02:47 PM EST
(...)
There’s more than one way to peel an onion. Maybe if the SEC used those smarts to track down fraud instead of sexually explicit material, it would be more effective.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, February 17, 2013 • Permalink