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is there a way to revive stale crackers??

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would putting them into a microwave or regular oven help??

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  1. in the regular oven at a low temperature might help -- I've had less-than-overwhelming results, but it might help.

    1. If they've just lost crispness, a low oven will help. If they actually taste stale, nothing'll bring 'em back.

      1. Hmm, they're American style crackers like Saltines, right?

        If so, I'd just use crumble them up and use them as breadcrumbs for stuffing, etc. I don't think it's worth the effort given the cost to effort ratio involved.

        1. I've used a microwave to rejuvenate tortilla chips so it might work for crackers too - if they're just in need of crispening. Nuke on full power for short bursts, rearranging them after each time. They won't seem crisp until they cool off - so don't over-nuke.

          1. Revive them in a recipe like meat loaf or hamburger steak.

            1. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention.


              It turns white when it needs to be recharged. I don't know how you recharge this stuff - I'm sure directions come with it - but the old stuff used to start out blue and end up pink. When it turned pink you popped it in a 275 F oven for something like 10 minutes and it was good to go again.

              It dehumidifies so it will keep your crackers or other food items dry, if you close it up with it in a canister or plastic bag.

              We had a Premium Saltine canister when I was a kid with a round removable screwtop globe on top that you could unscrew when it turned pink and pop into the oven to turn it blue again that kept crackers from going stale. It had an aluminum vented bottom that was exposed to the inside of the can (the outside was all glass). They still had these for sale - the dessicant knobs, not the cans - as recently as 6 or 8 years ago, but I can't find any online now.

              These aluminum canisters are nowhere near as cute, but they work just the same.

              1. My grandmother puts triskets and wheat thins in the toaster oven to crisp them up seems to work well to me. I don't think a microwave would help.

                1. There's only one way to find out. Try a few and see what happens. Put them on a paper towel in the microwave and nuke for, say, 10 second bursts, until hot. Remove from oven and let cool. The paper towel will absorb any excess moisture, which is what makes crackers soggy. Report back.

                  1. Mouth-to-mouth works for me

                    1. When it's very muggy here and crackers get damp quickly, I put mine in the oven overnight. It's a gas oven and the heat from the pilot is enough to keep the air warm and dry. crackers are like new in the am.

                      Of course, half the time I forget I did this and leave them in there!