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Crisp Ideas for Organizing Snacks
How can you tell it is
(1) Someone is standing in front of
the pantry door yelling, "There is nothing to eat in the house!"
(1) You reach for a box of snacks you
love and find they are empty but the box is till in the pantry.
(3) You settle on another snack, pop
some of your mouth and discover they taste as stale as the
bottom of your flip-flop.
(4) All of the above.
The correct answer is of course 4.
If you’ve a houseful of children, or
even a houseful of adult company, you probably feel like the snack
cabinet should have a revolving door. If your pantry looks like this
one, then that could be the reason for 1, 2, and 3.
Clearly, trying to find a snack in
this pantry would make you think there was nothing to eat. Some of
it is hidden. Some of it is empty boxes. Some of it is stale. After
all, who could see what there is to eat?
With a large family, like the one that
owns this pantry, you’ve many people getting in and out of the snack
cabinet. One person opens something and another comes along and
opens something else. Then a third person comes in and opens a
duplicate box, because they didn’t see the first one was open. With
grocery prices going up and up – and snacks are an expensive
indulgence – who can afford to have to pitch them out after only a
serving or two has been eaten?
One great organizing solution is to
split your snack shelf. Have a shelf for open snack packages:
cookies, crackers, chips, granola bars and so forth. Have a separate
area for new, unopened snacks. Label both areas. Then, take the time
to ask family members to eat from the opened snack shelf first. If
they finish a package, then they may open a new one.
Not only does this prevent waste but
it makes shopping easier. A glance at the new snack shelf will show
if you need to replenish supplies.
Tips to Maximize your Snack Dollars
Place opened packages in zippered
plastic bags, which can be reused for the next snack, or into
see-thru plastic containers.
If you find your snacks have
become stale, try crisping them in the oven. This especially
works with crackers and tortilla chips but it doesn’t hurt to
try it with other goodies. Spread them on a cookie sheet and
place in a preheated 300 degree oven. Bake 5 to 10 minutes,
keeping a close watch so they don’t burn or over-brown. Allow to
cool completely and then store in an air-tight container. Wait
to sample the item until it is completely cool. It is often
difficult to tell if the item improved if you sample while it is
Already tried to crisp the stale
snack but it didn’t work? Throw them back in the plastic bag and
crush with a rolling pin. Add a few spices, like lemon pepper
and garlic salt, then use it as a coating to bake chicken, fish
or pork chops.
Sometimes, if there are only small
amounts of this bag or that snack, it is hard to get someone to
eat that little bit. Gather those bits of Goldfish crackers,
pretzels, cheese crackers and so forth in a clear container. Add
a few raisins or chocolate chips, thus creating your own trail
mix. Put it back in the snack cabinet and watch it disappear.