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How to Crisp Stale Crackers & Chips

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Crisp Stale Crackers & Chips
How to Crisp Stale Crackers & Chips

Snack foods such as chips or crackers are expensive and can take a big bite out of your food budget. Especially frustrating is spending good money on a box of crackers or a bag of chips, only to discover that the crispy treats are stale after you've eaten only a few of them. Don't throw those stale chips or crackers away. Instead, rejuvenate them in an oven or toaster oven or re-crisp them in your microwave.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then spread the crackers or chips in a single layer on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Alternatively, place them on the tray of a toaster oven.

Step 2

Bake the stale chips or crackers in the oven or toaster oven for three to five minutes.

Step 3

Remove the chips or crackers from the oven when they begin to turn golden brown.


Step 1

Place the stale chips or crackers on a microwave-safe plate. Re-crisping chips in the microwave is especially handy if you only have a few stale chips or crackers.

Step 2

Microwave the chips or crackers on full power for about 10 seconds. If they aren't crisp, microwave them for an additional four to five seconds.

Step 3

Handle the chips or crackers carefully as they will be extremely hot.

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