This Trick to Tightly Closing a Cereal Box Proves We’ve Been Doing It Wrong The Entire Time

published Oct 20, 2023
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There is no disappointment quite so keen as grabbing a box of cereal from the pantry for your kids or yourself and getting ready to have a nice, simple, crunchy breakfast … only to realize the cereal has gone stale because someone left the box open.

Well, it appears fitness and nutrition coach Sarah Amann (@sarah.rose.amann on Instagram) shares my frustration because she shared a video showing the best way to close a cereal box to keep it fresh. And no, it’s not just shutting it using the unreliable tab at the top of the box. It is, however, so ingenious you’ll never want to do it any other way once you successfully do it once. 

With the front side facing you, start by folding the two short side tabs inside the box. Next, fold the tab along the front side of the box into the box. Then, you’ll crease the left and right side of the box so that the top of the front tab is touching the back tab. The only thing left is to take the tab on the outward-facing side and tuck it into the box. Given the uniformity of cereal boxes, the trick will work on most cereal boxes.

I mean, there are almost no words!

This article originally published on The Kitchn. See it there: This Is the Kitchen Hack That Sent Our Editors Running to Their Pantries