Because humans have been consuming food since the beginning of time, you would think that we’d have it down by now. But that’s simply not the case. If you really stop to think about it, you’ll notice that eating comes with everyday grievances; from making a mess to just taking too much time, here are 10 Foods You’re Eating Completely Wrong.
How many times have you tried to peel a banana from the top, only to be left with either bruising or breakage? Or even worse, how many times have you just not been able to open it, bending this poor yellow fruit back and forth without mercy? While it’s true that there are plenty of tried-and-mostly-true ways to eat a banana, here is the most efficient way. How did we learn it? By observing chimps in the wild. While they might not know about the invention of the wheel or how to calculate the square root of 64, these animals have sure got this skill down. We’ll let you in on a little secret: it all starts with the way you peel it. You see, traditionally, we’re taught to peel the banana from the stem, the top, the pointy bit, whatever you call it. But the stem is the toughest part of the fruit, because that’s what attaches it to the other bananas in its cluster. If you try to open it from there, it’ll most likely end in damaging the fruit. Here’s another little secret for you: what we consider to be the ‘bottom’ of the fruit is actually the top. If you look at a banana plant, you’ll see that they actually grow upside down. Technically right-side up. They grow from the stem upwards. If you don’t believe us, Google it. In conclusion, despite what we’ve been told our entire lives, the best way to eat a banana is to peel it from the bottom up. Or, technically, from the top. By pinching and peeling from the non-stem end of the banana, you won’t have to risk bruising your fruit.
There are plenty of ways to eat Toblerone: nibbling it, biting it off piece by piece, or just consuming the entire thing in one swoop. But did you know that there’s a proper way to eat this beloved chocolate? In 2014, a video showing how to eat this sweet treat properly went viral. When eating Toblerone, most people will pull the majority of the bar out, and try to break off a piece by pulling outwards. If you’ve used this strategy, you know that it’s no easy task. It requires strength of hand, dexterity of fingers, and resilience of mind. And even when you do manage to break it off, your fingers are probably now sticky and covered in half-melted chocolate. Not to mention, you don’t really want to share a piece of chocolate that’s been man-handled with someone else. But what if we told you there was a much easier way to acquire a scrumptious triangular piece? The next time you get your hands on a Toblerone, instead of pulling off a piece, try pushing it inwards, towards the bar, from the tip. A simple tap should do the trick! A perfectly shaped piece should snap off pretty easily, and voila! You are now the possessor of a wonderful holiday treat, and of a secret to pass down to your friends and family.
8. Chicken Wings
If you’ve ever ordered chicken wings at a restaurant, you’re probably familiar with the embarrassment of getting the sauce all over your face and fingers. And while it is finger food, and it is socially acceptable to eat them any way you want, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a great technique for eating them. Most of us just wing it, tearing into this food like wild animals, but there’s a way to get all the meat off of the bone all at once. And even after you’re done decimating it, there’s usually still those pesky, taunting pieces of meat stuck between the bones. Well, munch your way to perfection by learning this simple trick! The easiest way to eat chicken wings is to hold your chicken wing like a game controller, and twist it until the cartilage snaps. Gently take the cartilage off of the wide part of the wing, Then, pull the second bone out the end, leaving one bone on the wing. If you place the bone in your mouth, the meat should fall off cleanly, leaving you with a clean chicken bone and a full stomach. Much like with Toblerone, there are plenty of videos online explaining how to master this, so nailing that technique is only a few clicks away!
7. Candy Apples
Candy apples are closely associated with county fairs, apple harvest festivals, and Halloween. They’re a nostalgic piece of childhood, and everyone can look back on a fond memory where they had this snack in their hands, running excitedly through the bright colors, wondering which rides they’d be allowed to go on. But this fall tradition is also notoriously sticky, prone to getting all over your mouth, cheeks, fingers, and sometimes even in your hair. What’s even worse is that this snack is a favorite amongst children of all ages, who are, arguably, the messiest eaters in the human population. So while this is a deliciously sweet treat, it can be difficult to know how best to approach eating it. The most common (and accessible) way to eat a candy apple is to just take bites out of it like it’s a giant, non-frozen popsicle, but this can be hard on your teeth, and it does nothing on cutting back the gooeyness of the entire endeavour. Don’t want your kids running away making everything sticky and icky? It’s widely accepted that the best way to eat this yummy snack it to take it off of the popsicle stick, cut it like you would a normal apple, and enjoy the slices like that. However, if you don’t have a knife on your person, you can also turn it so it’s horizontal and eat it like a corn-on-the-cob.
6. Boiled Eggs
When people wake up in the morning, they want something quick and easy for breakfast. This is why the fast-food industry has so many breakfast menus, and why things like instant oatmeal and cereal exist. But for those who are thinking about starting their day off with something rich in protein, they’re faced with the daunting task of preparing hard-boiled eggs. Perhaps one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks is peeling a hard-boiled egg. You roll it on the counter, you try chipping away at it, you crack it on your counter, but to no avail. It seems as though these shy eggs just don’t want to come out of their shells. But there’s a little trick to make your morning routine a little less frustrating, and it’s to add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water before you start boiling the eggs. This raises the pH of the water. Boil the eggs for about 12 minutes, with around 2 inches of water above the eggs. When you’re done cooking the eggs, crack both ends of the egg on the hard counter-top, creating a quarter-sized hole on each end. Here comes the best part: after you’ve created both holes, hold your egg gently and blow on one side of it. Your egg should come right out of its shell! Just make sure you have your other hand ready to catch the egg before it falls onto the kitchen floor!
Big oranges can be notoriously difficult to peel. You find yourself shoving your thumbs underneath the skin, hoping to get some sort of traction, only to end up damaging the fruit. The result is a poorly-peeled orange with dents all over it, which isn’t exactly the most appetising snack. But there’s a simple way to peel an orange, says Justin Chapple, a chef from Food & Wine, and all you need is a paring knife and a spoon. First, you score around the center of your paring knife, cutting only an eighth of an inch deep, making sure not to puncture the citrus segments. Then, insert the handle of your spoon between the peel and the fruit. Work your way around the orange until you feel the peel begin to release, and you’ll be able to remove half the peel in one piece! For minimal mess, you can even put the peel back on to act as a guard as you work the other half of the orange. After you remove your peel, feel free to separate the segments as you normally would. This is a pulpless, juiceless, and painless way to prepare your oranges. And while this hack may take a few tries to perfect, it’ll certainly be worth the impeccably untouched product at the end, as well as the impressed looks on the faces of those you live with.
Cupcakes are a great way to celebrate life’s greatest moments. Birthday, anniversaries, weddings, the options are limitless! But as anyone who’s gotten their hands on these petite-gateaux knows, the moment you take a bite, you get a mouthful of frosting. And hey, frosting is a great topping, but it’s too sweet to work as a standalone. While it may seem silly to wonder about how to properly eat a cupcake, this tip will save you from having to grab a napkin to wipe your icing off, and will make your cupcakes that much better. So what’s the right way to eat a cupcake? First, you remove its wrapper. Then, using your fingers or a knife (if you have one handy, which most people do not), you cut or twist off the bottom half of the cupcake. Then you place the recently estranged cupcake half on top of the frosting, like a little cupcake hat, and there you go, cupcake sandwich! Disclaimer: your fingers may get a bit of frosting of them in the process. Crumbs will be spilled onto the carpet or in otherwise unideal places. But sometimes you need to make sacrifices in order to get the reward, and what a reward it is. Instead of eating mouthful after mouthful of frosting, you’ll be getting an evenly balanced combination in each bite. We can assure you, once you’ve had a taste of the ingenious cupcake sandwich, you’ll never go back to traditional cupcakes ever again.
3. Chinese Takeout
This is a hack for broke college students everywhere, so make sure to pay attention. You might know that the condiment containers you can get at fast-food joints can fold out in order to accommodate for extra ketchup or chipotle, but did you know that Chinese takeout boxes have a very similar function? Ordering Chinese takeout is a great way to treat yourself. You don’t need to worry about cooking, you can just relax on your couch and wait for the doorbell to ring. But if you’ve ever order Chinese takeout, you know that it can be hard to know how to approach it. Either you dig around inside the boxes, making your hands all greasy, or you have to get separate dishes to lay it all out on, which you’ll have to inevitably wash later on. Instead of going through all of that trouble, did you know that you can simply unfold the box that the food comes in? They’re specifically designed to unfold into a plate, saving the sides of your hands from getting greasy and eliminating the need to do dishes later on in the night! And the boxes with the metal hooks work even better, giving a sturdier foundation. If you can’t finish your fried rice or your chow mein, then the boxes fold right back up, and you can save them in the fridge for a later date!
Strawberries are a great fruit on a summer day or for a picnic in the park, and they tend to be delicious no matter how you eat them. However, there’s actually a way to make their sweetness even more flavorful. Did you know that the direction you put the strawberry in your mouth changes the way you taste it? The next time you have one of these ripe fruits, instead of holding it by the leafy ends and eating the smaller tip first, reverse it (make sure to pick the leaves off first!), and eat it in one bite. What this does is put the sweet bit of the strawberry (the smaller tip) right on the tip of your tongue, ensuring that you can really savor the berry’s flavor. If you’re not one to pick the leaves off of the fruit and lean towards cutting it up, there’s also a tip for how to do that properly, too! It’s shocking how much of the strawberry is thrown away when you’re preparing a simple snack or fruit salad. Instead of using a knife to slice up the strawberry, get yourself a straw and use it to dig out just the top of the fruit. You’ll find that it’s much easier and helps to cut down on waste!
Apples are one of the most basic foods you can get in North America. They’re used to keep away doctors, express gratitude for teachers, and tempt Eve in the Garden of Eden. We’ve got apples pies and apple crisps and even fried apples. The possibilities are endless! Apples are well-loved because they’re simple, cheap, and delicious. And because of how influential they’ve been, you’d think humanity would’ve figured out how to eat them by now, right? But despite their reach, there’s a dark secret that apples haven’t told you yet: the core of an apple is actually edible. It’s true that the seeds contain cyanide, but in such small quantities that it really doesn’t affect you at all. And the proper way to eat an apple? From the bottom. To start, do what you normally would: wash your apple and remove its stem. Then, instead of approaching from the side or the top, approach it from the bottom. It may feel strange at first, eating an apple like this, but it’s what the experts suggest. Once you reach the parts with the seeds, you can either spit them out, or eat them like a champ, but otherwise, it’s pretty straightforward.