There are a lot things I do everyday, like tying my shoelaces or folding a shirt, that I'm told I've been doing incorrectly. Still, I'm stubborn and have refused to change my ways because it has been working for me thus far.
However, today is a little different. I found out that I was doing another thing wrong, but instead of brushing it off as I usually do, I was truly taken aback.
Turns out, I and thousands of other people have been closing Ziploc bags the wrong way.
Sure, there will always be those who argue that there really is no right or wrong when it comes to closing a freezer or sandwich bag, but there is actually one easy way of doing it that many of us have never thought of.
We can all agree that when it comes to storing food in a Ziploc bag, the hardest part is trying to get all the air out so the bag won't take up too much room in the fridge. Also, sealing the bag with air still in it does affect the freshness of your food over time, which defeats the purpose of the bag.
What if I told you that there's a very simple trick that will solve all your zip-top sandwich bag problems?
The genius folks over at Slate have discovered a genius trick that will get all the air out of the bag like a vacuum sealer would. Assistant editor L.V. Anderson learned the ultimate trick for closing one of these bags fro her mom and lucky for us, she recorded the method in a video that has since gone viral.
Instead of pressing the hair out using your hands, you should seal the sides of the bag as usual, but when you reach the middle, leave a small, finger-size opening which you can then use to suck the air out using your mouth.
It's that easy! You don't need any tools or fancy gadgets to get it done. It's one of those tricks I wish I knew about sooner because it would've saved me so much time on meal prep days.
If you need a visual of how it works, here's the video tutorial:
In case, you're still skeptical about how well this works. Experts, including Sharon Franke, director of the Kitchen Appliances Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, agree that this hack does really work.
For an easier alternative, you can use a straw to suck the air out. This will ensure that your mouth doesn't come into contact with the bag.
Franke does remind us that you can't remove all the air from the bag because some of it "will always get back in before you seal up the bag."
However, at the end of the day, you'll still get a tighter bag than ever before, which is really all we need for everyday food storage.
Give this trick a try, and let us know how it worked out for you.
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[H/T: Good Housekeeping]