I could not find a leaf that was half as fresh as i would have liked and its probably because where we live is more cold than anything else, so there isn't really a great time or place to get these from where they will be perfect. While i was at Meijer i picked this leaf up for about $2.00.
*The Aloe leaf
*(and SHOULD have gathered gloves but learned the hard way)
I wondered at this point if there was an easier way to do this because this got really messy! REALLY MESSY and sticky. So i began shaving the top layer of the leaf off going away from me and noticed this was way harder than what it seemed and the layer didn't want to detach form the gel very well :( This led me to search for a solution to this problem and sure enough i found an amazing solution that makes this heck of alot easier and less messy! Click here to see how this lady prepares her Aloe leaf for cutting and how smoothly the gel is released if you cant see the video below (it begins at 50 sec).
There is no sound and the quality isn't the best but its clear the technique she uses is amazing and really helps to soften the stubborn leaf layers. If you do not do it this way your Aloe gel may end up being grainy or stringy. So of course i did this search after i was already hacking away at the leaf so i just kept on doing what i was doing because for some odd reason i didn't own a rolling pin at this time nor did i have any type of substitute! Weird huh? So you can see below the result of using a paring knife as i peeled away at the top layer.