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Peel. (a) A long-handled, flat, shovel-like board or scoop made of wood and used by the baker to load dough pieces directly onto the hearth (q.v.) of the oven chamber (q.v.) for baking and to remove the hot, baked products. The peel board may occasionally be made of metal for easier product removal and the handles normally are of heat-resistant wood. (b) The skin or rind, usually of a citrus fruit, that in some instances may be candied for food use, such as candied fruits (q.v.) and candied orange peel.