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Monday, January 24, 2011

Is unstale a word??

Being that I am a stay at home mom, I try to be as frugal as I possibly can.  Some may call it cheap and if that's what they want to call it, fine - it doesn't bother me.  I am smart with my money and being so allows us to live on one income very comfortably (and we spend a week in Disney each year ;)  So today when it was lunch time and the boys wanted to open a new bag of chips, I decided to see what was open already.  They have a bad habit of opening things and putting them away without closing them properly.

I found 3 opened bags of pretzels and one nearly empty bag of cheese puff things.  2 of the bags of pretzels were super stale.  I have a mind to force them to eat them since they are the reason they are stale in the first place.  All it would take is to ask for a little help until they get the "closed tight" thing down.  Instead of doing that though, I decided to try something that I had read in one of the frugal blogs I read - rebaking them.  I took a couple handfuls, put them on a microwave safe plate and hit the 30 second button.  That wasn't enough so I hit it again, 3 more times actually.  After 2 full minutes in the microwave, we all tried them and agreed, they were perfect once again!!  I read you can do this in the oven on a cookie sheet at 375 for 20 - 30 minutes as well.  It took 4 plates for all the pretzels we had but now we have a ziplock bag full of fresh pretzels and not a garbage full of wasted food!  I doubt the word unstale is in the dictionary but we made these snacks unstale again. 

I think that maybe some of these packages that are harder to keep closed will automatically go into a ziplock upon opening from now on but it's good to know there is a way to save them too!!


  1. Hahahaha! I love the unstale word, although I can't say that would be a big crowd pleaser.....maybe 'rejuvenated' pretzels?? lol That works with many crackers and goldfish type snacks, too. :)

  2. Yeah - I LOVE rejuvenated lol!! Although that can sound like other not so great words that start with "re" lolol!! If I come across stale crackers - I will try it with them too!! Andrew wanted me to try it with cheese puffs but I didn't think that was such a great idea lol - Austin said they were fine anyway.