Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Partial boxes of pasta

Have you ever opened a box of pasta, used part of it for a recipe, and then later forgot how much pasta was left in the opened box? Well, I used to do that all the time. I usually buy big boxes of things like spaghetti and macaroni, and whether there's 8 or 12 or 16 ounces used, I can never seem to remember.

So now, when I open a new box and use some of the pasta, I mark the outside so I can remember later. I'm not sure why it took me so many years of guesswork to figure out this trick, but it sure makes things easier! :)

Update: Since this post was originally written (5 years ago!) I got this digital kitchen scale. I use it a lot -- more than I ever expected I would! :)

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Idea Tammy!Thanks.

Am I the only person who can't quite "eyeball" what 8 oz. of pasta is supposed to be?

Well, 8 ounces is usually either 1/2 or 1/4 of the boxes I buy... so like in the photo above, I tried to take out half of the pasta. :) Not an exact science with me, but it works! :)

I have a tip! It's about WHY we love making Popcorn :)!

Thanks, Tammy!


I am notorious about assuming I will remember what is in something and neglecting to mark a container. I just cleared a few things out of the freezer for this reason. If I keep passing it by because I'm not quite sure what it is, I will never use it. I hate throwing things away! I love the idea of marking on your pasta boxes. A great time and frustration saver later.

The tip I would like to share today is a freezer technique that saves you time and space in your freezer. Thanks for sharing!

Great tip!

Mine today is about getting wax off of apples!

I love that idea about the pasta. I actually "thought" i had two cups of macorroni left and when I went to use it for the recipe it was only a cup! I wll be using this tip :0)

Here is my link. Thanks for hosting!!/2012/09/frozen-ginger.html

I started marking my boxes many years ago. I mark them on the end because that is what I see when I open the cabinet. We are empty nesters and I know that we eat 5.5 ounces of pasta for a meal so I weigh out that much each time. I use a tall glass on my scale to weigh long pasta like spaghetti. I really don't know what I would do without my digital kitchen scale!

What a great idea about pasta! I will have to start doing that!

Here is my link for this week:!/2012/09/pressing-sticky-baked-goods-successfully.html

I always double the recipe so I don't end up with half a box :-)

I have found it helpful to write on boxes of chicken stock the date I opened it. Otherwise I have a half container in the refrigerator and can't remember how long it's been there.

The tip I'm sharing today is how to stock up your pantry and freezer for fall cooking.

This post includes tips for a good pie crust as well as a shortcut to making the lattice top. Thank you for hosting!

Thanks for the reference on the kitchen scale. I've needed one for a while now and didn't even know where to start on finding a good one without unnecessary features. I saw great reviews on it and chose the stainless steel one to match my kitchen.

Hi Tammy!

This week I posted how (and why) to make homemade tortillas!


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