This one goes out to anyone who’s attempted to eat an orange in front of another human being, and been left a humiliated mess with peel trapped under their fingernails and juice-covered hands.
Compared to most fruits, oranges are a load of faff.
They have irritating seeds. They can be bitter. They’re coated in white stringy stuff that – if it makes its way into your eager mouth – ruins the entire orange eating experience.
And, worst of all, they’re tricky to peel.
Thankfully, there are tricks to make the eternal orange-peeling struggle a little easier.
Our favourite? The microwave trick.
How to use a microwave to make an orange easier to peel:
- Put your chosen orange in the microwave
- Turn on the microwave for between 20 to 30 seconds (no longer, as orange peel is flammable and you could set your house on fire)
- Remove from the microwave and allow to cool so you don’t burn your hand
- Peel with ease
- Enjoy the fruit of your labour
It works because the heat loosens the peel, making it much easier to remove.
It’s minimal effort for the sweet, sweet prize of an orange peeled with ease. No more horror. No more juice-covered shame.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t fancy microwaving your orange, you could also try eating your orange in a hot shower to replicate the peel-loosening effect, or using a knife to avoid the nail and peel-based troubles entirely.
Alternatively, just use my trick of buying easy-peel satsumas and pretending your hands are giant so you can get away with saying it’s a full-on orange. Easy.
However you choose to do it, just make sure you’re not that total schmuck attempting to peel an orange without any assistance from a hack you found on the internet. You’ll look like a damn fool.
Also, please make sure you know your satsumas from your clementines. For similar reasons.