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How to keep your snack foods fresh

January 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
These days, most people hate to throw away any food, especially when it's just been opened.ABC7 teamed up with Consumer Reports to find the best ways to store snack foods so they can keep their crunch.

To find the best way to keep your crisp food from getting stale, Consumer Reports pitted Quick Seals against Glad bags, Ziploc bags, and clips.

"With Quick Seals you can apply a zip closure to opened bags," said Consumer Reports' Lisa Lee Freeman. "You simply apply the Quick Seal with these adhesive strips and then you slide to seal."

Potato chips and Tostitos were sealed and stored, then tasted after five weeks to see which tasted freshest.

The results?

"The chips from the Ziploc and the Glad bags were a bit stale," said Freeman. "But the clip and the Quick Seals kept the food tasting just as fresh as if it were from a newly opened bag."

Quick Seals bags cost 20 cents per bag, but are not reusable. At $2.50 each, the clips cost a lot more, but they are reusable.

No matter which you choose, be sure to squeeze the air out of the bag so that the seal is air tight.

A lot of food goes to waste because we don't know how to properly store it. Here are a few Web sites with more food storage tips, including how to store bread, brown sugar, cheese, spices, and tea.

www.foodreference.com

www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

recipes.howstuffworks.com


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