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9 essential fruit hacks you 100% need in your life

Hint: you’ve been peeling oranges wrong your entire life.

1. Look at the stem of an avocado to determine whether or not it’s ripe

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2. And if you want to make your avocado ripen quicker, store it in a paper bag with an apple

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Have an avocado that’s still hard as a rock?

Place it in a paper bag and the ethylene gas emitted from the apple will expedite the ripening process. You can substitute apples for bananas and tomatoes, too.

Watch a tutorial here.

3. Have a banana? Here’s a hassle-free way of opening it

Simply pinch the bottom of the banana…

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And your banana is ready to go!

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No more trying to break the stem and mushing the top of your banana.

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(Full video here.)

4. And here’s a far more efficient way of peeling an orange

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No more orange juice in your eye!

5. Meanwhile, here’s how to get the most juice out of your lemon

Just make a few incisions at the top of the lemon…

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And squeeze to your heart’s content!

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Full list of instructions here.

6. That green leafy thing at the top of the strawberry? Get rid of it with a straw

Just stick a straw through the centre of the strawberry and, hey presto!


Full instructional video here.

7. Got a kiwi? Here’s how to open it

Cut the top and bottom of the kiwi.

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Make a little incision on the side.

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And use a spoon to scoop it out.

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8. Keep grapes ripe by putting them in the fridge

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Grapes will go off quickly if kept on a counter top, so it is advised to keep them in the fridge. (Ditto berries.)

Also, hold off on washing your grapes until you’re 100% ready to eat them.

9. Prevent your apples from browning by sticking them in a bowl of water and honey

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Because there is nothing more grim than brown apple slices.

Full video here. 

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