Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I've gone soft...

...and chewy too. I'm talking for my cold cereal, of course. What else?

This seems to happen to me often. I'll buy a box of my favorite cold cereal; bring it home and go to town on it over the next few days (actually, more often than not I buy my favorite "sweet" cereal and eat it as a very trashy, albeit nostalgic and satisfying dessert!); and then promptly get tired of it with 1/3 still left in the box.
On a night I've got nothing better, sugary cereal fills in as my
dessert - and brings back great nostalgia too!

Then my beloved cereal sits in my cupboard for the next month or *gasp* even longer. And when I discover I am again craving some Lucky Charms or Cap'n Crunch and Crunch Berries on a night I have no homemade ice cream or cookies or leftover pie or cake...it's STALE. Stale, chewy, soft and disappointing.

BUT - I learned this trick from my mom when we were growing up eating Kix, Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Chex and Crispix (with a box o' Lucky Charms as a REAL treat!):

  • Pour your leftover, stale cereal in a jelly roll sheet pan (with raised sides).
  • Put it in a 250° oven for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Every few minutes, take a couple pieces of cereal out, let them cool and try them to see if they're crisp yet.
  • Keep doing this until the cereal is no longer stale.
It won't take long - really as soon as the cereal is heated through it should be good. Et voilĂ ! Your cereal is as good as new!
It even worked on those "marshmallows"!


  1. are you kidding? that's awesome! i never buy cereal because i'll eat a few bowls and then let the rest go bad. crunch berries here i come!

    But that is what we all love about you. :)

  3. I'm so excited to hear about this! Can't wait to try it!!