How to Peel Plantains
Place plantains in very hot water for easier peeling; let them sit in the water for a few minutes. Cut off about 1 inch from both ends; make 2 lengthwise cuts at opposite ends of the plantain. Slide your hand under the skin and begin to pull it away, going from top to bottom. Soak the peeled plantains in salted water until ready to use. Drain on a paper towel before cooking with them.
How to Flatten the Plantains
Place plantains, cut-sides down, on cutting board. Use second cutting board or flat dish to evenly flatten plantains, then add to hot skillet to brown as directed.
Cooking Know How
It is best to cook plantains in batches, keep warm as you continue cooking the next batch.