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Reusing Containers for Food Storage

If you have a sleeve of crackers that you want to transport whole, slip them in a Pringles or Stax can. The same goes for cookies, especially the kind that you buy, as they are almost always in rows or stacks and can be easily transferred from the bag/box to the tube.

Speaking of the tubes, if you can con your local grocer out of the clear plastic jerky tubes, you have the perfect spaghetti keeper. Now wait, I don't mean dry spaghetti, I mean the home made sauce with all the meats and goodies. Fill it almost to the top, let it cool, then put the lid on secure. Now, here is the trick; gently shake it back and forth to make sure the meats are evenly dispersed and lay it on its side!

If you put it in vertical, all the meat will settle to the bottom. By placing it in horizontal, it will all settle to the bottom, too, but evenly along the entire side of the tube. Then, if you only need some, you can literally thaw it for about 20 minutes, then slide out half and saw it off! You will then have the same amount of meat in the "top half" as you do in the rest of it.

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Source: The pringles was mine. The other I read in a Woman's Day years ago, when we were all going "back to nature".

By Sandra from Salem, OR

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