Who knew ‘unstale’ was even a word? Summertime is great, just like The Fresh Prince said. I mean, reducing the amount of trips to the grocery store by living off of what is in the garden is just great. Yesterday, I was making fresh salsa and grabbed the opened bag of tortilla chips (sans chip clip) in the cabinet to use as the dipper. But, after I reached in to try one, I found out quickly that they were very, very stale. I’m not really sure how long they had been in there, but probably close to a month.
So, upon my disappointment, the survival side of my brain kicked into high gear and I wondered if I could reverse the staleness (make them unstale) of these bad boys by re-baking them. Here is what I found out upon my oven exploration. Heck yeah you can!
How to unstale your chips
Just set the oven (in my case, the toaster oven) to 375º and bake on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil for about 3-5 min. Watch them closely because they can burn quickly. They should NOT be brown when you are finished (see picture of some mess-ups, but they were still delish!). There is really no need to turn them over during baking either.
Hooray! I saved a very delicious salsa and chips snack. Who knew you could unstale chips? You can’t outsmart me, humidity.
i love this. thank you for saving my chips!! : )
Love it! I wasn’t even sure I would find the word “unstale” on the internet. But I did and it perfectly answered my question! Thank you cheapfoodhere.com
I just unstaled some Cheez-its. It worked great! Now I don’t have to throw away chips and crackers that my children forgot to close the bags on.
I’m glad to hear it worked on your cheez-its too!! I’ve had success with pretzels as well.
wow…u can find ething online…ty…save my skinny popcorn…ty ty ty
it’s especially important to know in Florida where humidity makes all snacks stale in 5 minutes!
This also works WONDERFULLY on rice cakes! Mine always go stale before I can finish them….but these were probably 2 months old! 3-4 min at 375 and Voila! Perfect again!! Thank you thank you!!!
Liz! I’m so glad this worked for your rice cakes, I’ve never tried that. Thanks for the comment!
this shouldnt be called cheapfoodhere this should be called food genius