The Proper Way To Close Your Ziploc Bags

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I can almost guarantee that you have at least one box of Ziploc bags in your kitchen drawer right now. Those little baggies are one of the best inventions of all time, and most of us use them for food storage and more in our everyday lives. So what if I told you that you’ve been closing your Ziploc bags incorrectly this entire time?

Ziploc bags need to be sealed properly for a number of reasons. Firstly, you want your food to stay fresh for as long as possible. Secondly, you don’t want whatever food is in the bag to leak all over. And thirdly, you don’t want Ziploc bags that are full of air taking up precious space in your refrigerator or pantry. And that’s exactly where this hack comes in.

We can thank the clever people over at Slate for sharing this amazing piece of information. Instead of simply using your fingers to press out the air and seal the Ziploc bag, they suggest sealing it as you normally would, but then leave a small, finger-sized opening towards the middle of the bag.

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Next, just use your mouth to suck out the air from the opening. You can also use a straw which might be a little easier. When you’re done, simply close up the tiny opening with your fingers. And that’s it! This is the most effective method to get the most air out of your Ziploc bags, which will make your food last longer and make the bags take up little to no room.

Genius, right? The next time you go to throw something in a Ziploc bag, remember this hack — it’ll make things that much easier! You can click on the video below to see how this hack works in action.