6 Foods You've Been Peeling (and Eating) Wrong 

Peeling potato

Bless your heart! There you are, spending forever and a day peeling potatoes, and you have no idea there are more convenient methods to de-skin those suckers. Well, guess what? We're about to change your life.

1. Peel a Potato in Seconds

For those who de-skin their potatoes with peelers, you gotta wonder, do they find pleasure in wasting their time? Are they the type to enjoy sitting at red lights? Do they find solace in untangling Christmas lights?

Because unless you're immortal, we would assume you'd prefer to cherish your time with more meaningful experiences. Y'know, experiences that don't include skinning potatoes for an hour? Here's a way you can peel your potato in seconds.

How to Do It:

  1. Take out a boiled potato from pot.
  2. Submerge it in ice cold water.
  3. Wait five seconds.
  4. Remove.
  5. Grab potato at both ends and gently pull outward.
  6. The skin slides right off.

2. De-Leaf a Strawberry With a Straw

Strawberries are one of the sexiest fruits ever (ahem, chocolate-covered strawberries on Valentine's Day, anyone?), but for some reason, there are folks who eat 'em in the most unsexy ways. Nothing says "come hither" like watching your lover savagely claw out the green leafy part with his fingernails, right? Ha!

But thanks to a tip from Ponder Monster, you can bring the sexy back to strawberries by using a drinking straw to gracefully push out the leaves with poise and finesse.

How to Do It:

  1. Grab a drinking straw.
  2. Poke the straw through the tip of the strawberry.
  3. Push the straw upwards until the green leafy part pops off.

3. De-Seed a Pomegranate by Whacking It

Pomegranate seeds

Has your pomegranate been a bad pomegranate? Spank it! By whacking it with all your might, all the delicious, red jewel-esque seeds will fall out for convenient consumption. Or you can pick 'em out individually, but why on earth would you want to do that?

How to Do It:

  1. Take a knife and cut the pomegranate in half.
  2. Get a bowl.
  3. Turn the pomegranate skin-side up over the bowl.
  4. Give it a good whack with a wooden spoon.
  5. Watch all the delicious red jewels cascade into the bowl.

4. Stop Eating Bananas Like a Human

We'd like to think we're a couple notches smarter than our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, right? But in watching our fellow humans struggle to peel open their bananas by tugging fruitlessly (pun intended) at the stem, we shouldn't be so confident.

Taking notes from monkeys, here is a foolproof way of peeling this delicious yellow fruit without going face-to-face with a stubborn, "Haha, you can't open me!" banana stem.

How to Do It:

  1. Take the banana and flip it upside down.
  2. Pick at the banana from the non-stem part of the fruit (also known as the blossom).
  3. Peel off the skin and voilá! You've got yourself a banana without a battle.

5. Eat Buffalo Chicken Wings in One Bite

Hot wings

Did you know that you can eat buffalo wings in one bite? "If I wanted that, I would have ordered nuggets!" you say. We get it. Buffalo wings are so much more than just finger-lickin' good. It's all about the experience - y'know, the joy of dipping 'em in blue cheese dressing and tearing into the meat like a wild, carnivorous animal.

But you if couldn't care less about the "experience," here's a buffalo wing trick that will surely impress your friends at your next Super Bowl party.

How to Do It:

  1. Get yourself a delicious buffalo wing.
  2. Remove the protruding cartilage to loosen the bones.
  3. Take out the smaller bone by wiggling it out.
  4. Do the same for the other bone.
  5. And there you have it, boneless buffalo chicken wings!

6. Unroll Mandarins Into an Easy-to-Eat Strip

There's an easier way to eat mandarin oranges without peeling them with your fingers like a barbarian.

Sara, a food and lifestyle blogger at JewelPie, shows us how she transforms mandarin oranges into easy-to-eat strips with just three incisions.

How to Do It:

  1. Lop off the top and bottom of the mandarin with a knife.
  2. Make an incision on the side.
  3. Unroll that mandarin orange and there's your easy-to-eat strip.

Granted, you're not technically eating anything "wrong" as long as you're not feeding yourself with your feet or stuffing pasta into your ears, but if you're breaking a sweat trying to peel a darn potato, something isn't right!

6 Foods You've Been Peeling (and Eating) Wrong