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Tips for Tuesday

Peeling a banana.

Child's play, right?

Who would've thought that for all these years I've been doing it wrong!

It wasn't until a fruit-loving missionary friend schooled me that I learned the error of my ways. As I was reaching for a knife to cut the stem, he stopped me and instructed me to open it the way the monkeys do.

Um, O.K.; I guess they would know.

And they don't carry knives (that I'm aware of.)

With that, he turned the banana around and opened it from the bottom. 


Seriously? I've spent my entire life doing it wrong?

And speaking of doing it wrong, I just saw this on Facebook:

How do I miss these things?

Please tell me I'm not the only one!

As long as I'm being schooled, do you know of any simple tip that I may be missing?  I'd love to know, so please leave me a comment!


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17 Responses so far.

  1. Cheryl says:

    This is so funny, Lisa! Who would have thought?? I have heard that one about the banana, but I sure didn't know about the hair pin! I've been doing it wrong all these years. And even after hearing about the banana, I still continue to peel it the wrong way! We humans get so used to doing things a certain way, it is hard to change...especially those of us with these change disorders!!! LOL!! Thanks for the enlightening post. So happy to see that you stopped by my blog today...Love, Cheryl

  2. jviola79 says:

    Lisa, I must admit, I have been doing both of these things wrong as well. You are surely not the only one. At least I am in good company :) May we be ever learning all the days of our lives! So glad I visited from Tell Me A Story this morning. Now I need to go peel my morning banana - correctly!

  3. Harper says:

    And then save the peel for future use :)


  4. Lydia Schuck says:

    So then you stick your thumb in the middle and push it through the whole banana. The banana splits into three neat pieces, AND you can now see the seeds pretty well. This works from the stem end anyway.

  5. I just peeled three bananas to make an apricot yogurt smoothie and sure enough I did it wrong. I loved your post. Thank you for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

  6. ngpaloma says:

    i peel bananas like a monkey. tropical living i guess. but bobby pins?! really? haha

  7. LB says:

    Hi from the Kitchen Hoors blog hop. I've heard that, but always forget. Apparently I'm not good with change either!! One good tip deserves another! My simple tip is for grilled cheese. Don't melt the butter in the pan. Spread the butter on a piece of bread. Put it butter side down in the pan. Put cheese on top of bread in the pan. Putter another piece of bread. Put it on top of the cheese, butter side up. When you turn it over, the butter side will hit the pan. If you don't have butter, mayo works too!

  8. Hey what do you know, I peel them like a monkey, LOL. fun post thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  9. Funny! It's the Butter Battle Book all over again! Thx for sharing on Think Tank thursday.

  10. Hi,
    I'm a new email subscriber from the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! I love your verse at the top from Jeremiah! God Bless :)

  11. I did not know that about a bobby pin. Wow what else am I doing wrong? lol Thanks for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday Linky!!

  12. Now I will never peel a banana the same way again! I don't use bobby pins but that is very interesting!

  13. Both are new to me...........and I enjoy seeing tips/hints........still much to learn,. :) Thank you. Gentle Joy

  14. Unknown says:

    I knew the banana thing, my sister-in-law is from Sweden and they now live in Singapore and apparently they do it the right way in one or both of those places. But the bobby pin thing is new to me. It makes sense I just never thought about it. I'll be doing that for my daughter's hair now. Thanks so much.

  15. Unknown says:

    Don't feel bad, I have been opening a banana wrong for my whole life too.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I have heard that about the banana, but still I open it from the stem side by breaking/bending it. I don't use a knife. The one about the bobby pin....it makes perfect sense, but I've never heard of it. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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  17. My son keeps telling me to open bananas that way. Maybe now, I'll have to give it a try! It just seems so illogical. But, like you said, I suppose the monkeys know what they're doing! (I'm visiting from #UBP14. It's nice to meet you, Lisa!)

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