Friday, February 3, 2012

Reseal Plastic Bags To Keep Food Fresh

Welcome back for February's Kitchen Tip of the Month!

This week we're talking about keep your food fresh in plastic bags - by resealing them!

Have you ever opened up a plastic bag, let's say of brown sugar, or some sort of meat, or bread, and then remember that you already have one open?  Or you know that you won't use it again for some time, and you want to put it in the freezer but you have nothing to seal it in?

Instead of worrying about the freshness of your food, reseal it with an iron!  That's right, an iron that you use for your clothes.  Here's what to do:

1. Pinch the plastic together where it's open.

2. Put a piece of aluminum foil to cover the plastic you want to seal.  Make sure it covers both sides - you don't want the plastic melting to your table!

3. Run your iron over the aluminum - the aluminum will heat up, melting the plastic together.  (Don't touch the iron to the plastic, it will stick!)

4. Let it cool!  Don't touch the aluminum right away, because it will be hot!

You now have a resealed bag!

(P.S. If you use a transparent plastic bag, like a lot of food comes it, you don't have to worry about any chemicals or fumes.)

Bonus Tip:  If you have delicate clothing that you can't iron, but need to get a wrinkle out of, put a piece of aluminum foil over it.  Hold the iron 3-4 inches above the foil (so it doesn't get too hot).  The heat from the foil will take out those wrinkles.

(Thanks to and for these cool ideas.)

For another tip on keeping food fresh, check out this post on Sneaky Organization Tips.

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Until next time!  Live Enriched!

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