I applaud anyone who’s able to keep track of the tiny clips that come attached to bags of bread from the grocery store. Every time I open a new loaf, I’d swear those little guys grow legs and find a place to hide from me. But there’s a trick making the rounds on social media that can help us all keep our bread fresh without any extra clips, twisty ties, or rubber bands.
It’s similar to a method most of us probably already use, but slightly tweaked for an even better sealing effect. After spinning the bag to close off the top part, you can fold the plastic over the entire bag for a more secure fit instead of loosely tucking it underneath the loaf.
Take a look to see plant-based cook Carleigh Bodrug show off how well the simple hack works:
As you can tell in the video, it works on more than just bread, like the bag of bagels Bodrug used. I’m sure it’s just as great for rolls and other baked goods packaged in the same way, too. Basically, if you can get the plastic to fold over itself and cover a good portion of the bag, it’ll get the job done.
Although it might seem like this trick won’t work unless most of the loaf is already gone (to create more space), I found there was already plenty of room at the top of my bread even before taking out a piece or two. This will vary depending on the bag, of course, but it should work just as well with most of the options at your grocery store.
If you’d like to go the extra mile and really make sure your bread stays fresh for as long as possible, you can easily make a bread drawer in your kitchen. It’s like a bread box, but won’t take up precious counter space!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.