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!!