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9 foods you’re totally eating wrong

From cupcakes to chicken wings, you've probably been wasting time—and food—for years. 


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on May 22, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 3:19 pm CDT

Sushi, chicken wings, even cupcakes. We all love them. And we’re all eating them in the worst way possible.

Most of us are guilty of a stubborn mindset and an overwhelming desire to scarf down food the second it becomes visible. As a result, we never get to appreciate the full potential of what we’re served. It’s our loss.

Fortunately, YouTube has come to our rescue. Here are several videos that teach us the proper way to consume some of our absolute favorite foods. 

1) Cupcakes

The right way to eat a cupcake is to remove the bottom layer, place it upside-down on the frosting, and creating a nice, mouth-friendly sandwich.

2) Bananas

The right way to peel a banana is to actually start from the other side. The skin will cleanly and effortlessly peel right off, leaving you an intact fruit to enjoy.

3) Chicken wings

The right way to eat a chicken wing is not to gnaw endlessly at the bone. Instead, work the bone loose before eating. This leaves you with a boneless, bite-sized piece of meat that is still perfect for dipping.

4) Peas

The right way to eat peas is to first mash them down with a fork or spoon. Their round, rollable shape now eliminated, you can scoop a nice hearty handful onto your utensil of choice.

5) Crabs

The right way to eat crabs is not by violently breaking them open with a mallet but by simply breaking it open. You will get the largest amount of meat this way. Additionally, break off the claw portion of each crab leg, peel off the shell, and use the claw to dig out the maximum amount of leg meat.

6) Chinese take-out 

The right way to eat Chinese take-out is to break down the box around the food, effectively transforming it into a properly sized plate.

7) Ketchup

The right way to use a ketchup cup is to tug on the cup’s lip, effectively fanning it out into a far wider serving device—and thus affording you more ketchup.

8) Apples

The right way to eat apples is to actually start at the bottom and gradually work your way to the top. In doing this, you get the absolute most for your money, ingesting everything—yes, even the core—and leaving behind nothing to clean up.

9) Sushi

The correct way to eat sushi could not be any further from the standard method. It’s even made incorrectly! Instead, you sit at the sushi bar, receive a bite-sized unwrapped bit of fish, and eat it with your fingers, applying sauces sparingly and using ginger as a palate cleanser.

Screengrab via foodbeastTV/YouTube

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*First Published: May 22, 2013, 9:00 am CDT