10 Food Container Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know About
These design features on common food containers are genius!
Eat smarter, not harder
Ketchup cups: Fan out
Dunk a double-patty cheeseburger (or a handful of fries) into a tiny paper cup, and more ketchup will coat the table than your grub. Good news: Those frustratingly small paper cups are designed to be fanned to better accommodate your food. Tug outward on the upper rim of the cup to expand.
Chinese takeout boxes: Unfold
Chinese takeout boxes are meant to unfold into a plate for easier chowing down. Translation? No more greasy hands from digging into the box. Simply untuck the sides of the box. If you don’t finish your food in one sitting, easily refold the container into a box.
Plastic drink lids: Use as coasters
Investigate your plastic drink lid. Most have three small bumps along the top rim, which match the ridges in the bottom of the cup. Place your cup on the plastic lid for a convenient coaster. Sayonara, water rings. Unlike your plastic drink lid, here are a few items in your kitchen you need to throw out already.
Yogurt containers: Fold in half
Chances are, you’ve spotted Greek yogurt with a handy topping compartment filled with honey, fruit, or other goodness. You’ve probably tried (and failed) to get it out with a spoon. Put the cutlery down: Most containers with separate toppings are meant to fold in half. Simply bend and pour the toppings into the yogurt.
Tic Tac containers: Practice portion control
Make use of the crater on the underside of the lid, which nicely holds exactly one Tic Tac. Turn the container upside down, give it a little shake, and slowly open the lid while tilting the box horizontally so the other mints don’t fall out. One Tic Tac will be awaiting you in its designated spot.
Soda can: Hold a straw in place
For nights of sophistication—or any other times you use a straw in a soda can—push the tab toward the can’s opening. Poke the straw through the tab to hold the straw in place. Ta-da! No more blindly chasing a straw while watching reruns. If you typically get the bottled version, learn what a yellow cap on Coca-Cola really means.
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Pans: Rest spoons on the handle
While you can (and should) hang your pans by their handles, you can do more with the long stretch of metal than simply get a grip while cooking. Pan handles double as spoon rests! Instead of laying your spoon on your dirty countertop, just balance it against the handle.
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French fry boxes: Fold back
This one is a game changer. Many fast-food french fry boxes have a place to fold back the top of the box, which can then be used as a ketchup rack. While this isn’t enough space for the whole bottle, there’s definitely enough room for a dollop of your favorite dipping sauce.
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Mini cereal boxes: Fold into bowls
Is it just us, or does cereal taste better out of a tiny box? Well, you may have noticed that the cardboard box has a perforated “H” shape on one side. Lay the box flat, cut along the “H” (and through the plastic wrapping), and you have yourself a makeshift bowl. And yes, it does hold milk. Next, read up on what the colored circles on food packages actually mean.