Foodie shares ‘genius’ hack to prevent open packets of crackers and chips from going stale – and you’ll be sceptical at first

  • A food blogger has shared how she keeps crackers and chips from going stale
  • Tess Eden, from New Zealand, places the open, unsealed packet in the fridge
  • She said the snacks will stay fresh and crunchy without a container
  • Tess went viral on TikTok with the impressively simple hack wowing thousands 

A clever foodie has shared an unlikely hack for keeping cracker, chips and wafers from going stale after the packet has been opened. 

Tess Eden, from New Zealand, said crackers can stay fresh and crunchy if they’re placed in the fridge in their open container. 

The plant-based kiwi, who goes by Eden Vegan online, wowed thousands with the little-known ‘food waste hack’ she said she ‘thought everybody knew’. 

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Food blogger Tess Eden (pictured), from New Zealand, has gone viral for her simple trick for keeping crackers and chips from going stale

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‘If you have open crackers, chips, rice wafers or rice rounds and if you keep them just like this in the fridge, they wont go stale,’ she said placing the plastic tray in the fridge without its wrapper.  

‘You don’t need to find a Tupperware container.’ 

Viewers in the comments were shocked by the ‘mind blowing’ and simple trick and while some were sceptical, others said they do it all the time. 

‘When I first heard this I thought it can’t be right but now I do it with everything chippies, crackers, biscuits!!’ one user said. 

‘Hmmm why don’t I believe you. I will try though,’ replied a second. 

‘Chips in the freezer are even better!! They don’t freeze and can last forever!’ a third suggested. 

One person was worried the crackers would absorb ‘strong smells’ from other foods in the fridge but Tess had a hack for that too and gave advice for those who claimed the trick doesn’t work for them. 

‘I keep coffee grounds in my fridge to absorb any scent (red onions etc) and it’s fresh as a daisy,’ she responded. 

‘Hot tip – If it’s not working in your fridge, try the freezer your fridge is not very cold,’ she added. 

Previously meal-prep queen Katie Lolas shared her food storage hacks to prevent fresh produce from going stale. 

The teacher who goes by Lady Lolas, gave her advice on how best to store vegetable sticks, berries and salads in a viral video posted to Instagram. 

The Sydney mum-of-one said to keep cut vegetables in water, wash berries with white vinegar and keeping dressings separate from salad leaves to stop them going soggy.  

Sydney-based teacher and meal prepping pro, Katie Lolas (pictured) revealed her best food storage hacks to keep produce fresher for longer in a now-viral video posted to Instagram 


For vegetable sticks, Katie said to keep them in a container with a some water at the bottom and swish the water around every couple of days so they stay crisp and crunchy

For vegetable sticks, Katie said to keep them in a container with a some water at the bottom and swish the water around every couple of days so they stay crisp and crunchy. 

‘With washing berries, add a little bit of vinegar. Make sure you wash them well, pat them dry and this will kill the bacteria and preserve them for double the time,’ she continued. 

In the comments, Katie clarified she used white vinegar to wash the fruit


‘With washing berries, add a little bit of vinegar. Make sure you wash them well, pat them dry and this will kill the bacteria and preserve them for double the time,’ she said

She recommended using airtight containers as they will seal in the freshness of the food. 

‘Store dressings separate from your salads until you’re ready to eat – it’s the dressing that makes your salad soggy,’ Katie said. 

‘Lastly, add a square of paper towel to your salads to absorb any moisture and keep your greens crunchy and fresh.’ 


Katie recommended using airtight containers to store food and to keep dressing separate from salad to prevent the leaves from going soggy

The clip has been viewed thousands of times with dozens of fans in the comments praising the helpful tips and offering their own food storage hacks. 

‘I’ve been told to put berries in mason jars in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer,’ one viewer advised.     

Another user said she sprays olive oil on chopped avocado to prevent it from going brown. 

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