Keeping Leftover Chips Longer

January 29, 2009 5:52:27 PM PST
People stock up on lots of snacks for the Super Bowl. But once the big game's over, you want any leftover chips and crackers to keep their crunch.People love potato chips.

"They're nice they're fresh they're crunch they're excellent."

But when chips go stale

"Gross they have no flavor, very flat, just disgusting."

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.

Lisa Lee Freeman from Consumer Reports said, "With Quick Seals you can apply a zip closure to opened bags. 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. But the clip and the Quick Seals kept the food tasting just as fresh as if it were from a newly opened bag," said Freeman.

Quick Seals bags cost 20 cents per bag but are not reusable. At two dollars and fifty cents, 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.

If you are looking for lower-fat chips for your Super Bowl snacking, Consumer Reports recommends Ruffles Reduced Fat Potato Chips and Cape Cod Reduced Fat Chips. They have six or seven grams of fat per ounce compared to the usual ten grams.

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