foods Food You've Been Eating Wrong This Whole Time  

Donn Saylor
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Human beings have a tendency to make things more difficult then they really need to be, a fact borne out by this list of food you've been eating wrong. What's that, you say? There are ways to eat without having to deal with tiny little hermetically-sealed packages and slimy spills? Well, yes.

In most cases, the manufacturers of these products were just trying to make their foods easier to consume, a not-insignificant feat considering many of these items can be messy and frustrating. Fortunately, they've left us clues on how you're actually supposed to eat certain foods. Even better, employing the intended techniques isn't time consuming in the least, and you just may be able to find a better, more efficient way to fully enjoy the snacks you love.

Read on to learn some food hacks you never knew, and soon you will be impressing your friends with your way-cool foodie knowledge, from tearing into Chinese takeout to dunking your fries with ease.

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Chinese Takeout

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The white cardboard takeout box is just as much a staple of American Chinese food as orange chicken and Mongolian beef. And next time you get Chinese delivery, you won't even need to dirty a plate. Those white cardboard boxes collapse with little effort into makeshift plates or serving platters.

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Sometimes, trying to peel a banana from the stem can be tough and awkward. You can easily use a little too much force and cause the banana to come squishing out at the unopened seams.

The answer is to flip the banana over and peel it from the bottom up. Peeling from this angle is often cleaner and quicker than relying on the stem. Besides, this is how monkeys do it.

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Picking at the shell of hardboiled egg doesn't have to be as painstaking as you might think. The trick to an easily-peeled egg lies in the cooking process. While you're boiling your eggs, add baking soda to the water. When you go to peel the egg later, the shell will all but fall off with one or two cracks.

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Ketchup Packets

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They're small, unruly, and seem to contain about three drops of ketchup. But there's a better way to attack those ketchup packets and get every drop out of each and every one. Instead of removing the top along the perforation, look at the end of the dotted line and you'll see a small, dotted semi-circle extended off the main dotted line. Lift this up to create a teeny-tiny little bowl for dipping your fries one by one.

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