Corn Starch Package Tip

Household Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier

This little tip is easy, if you're the one opening a new package of corn starch (or any other dry type of material, which is in a plastic or cardboard container and has a security seal on it).

Corn Starch Packaging Tip

Instead of just ripping off the seal entirely, cut it in half so that it's still covering half of your container; this gives you something to level off the measuring spoon, ideal for corn starch, ice tea mix, cocoa powder and the like. 

Cut the seal in half with a serrated knife

I use a serrated steak knife to cut the seal in half, so it gives a good edge. 

Scissors won't cut it properly, so use an Exacto or craft knife, sharp razor knife or something similar. Peel off the remaining edge so the lid will fit back on. Sometimes the extra thickness of the additional paper makes it difficult to replace the lid.

This method will give you a way to use an accurate measurement with a measuring spoon or teaspoon, by using the edge of the seal to scrape off the excess powder from the spoon, giving you the perfect level measurement.

The perfect way to measure with a level spoon or scoop

Corn Starch isn't the only thing to come packaged like this.  Any kind of powdered dry goods that the manufacturer offers in the same kind of container, safety sealed with a paper or plastic cover, is a good candidate for the same treatment.

There are even wet products that it works on too; I use this method on Kalamata olives and feta cheese, which come in various package types, but are generally in a plastic tub with lighter weight plastic stretched over the top.  Cut this in the same way.

See another way to make product packaging work for you on the page about CLR.

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