How to Revive Stale Chips

Written by jennifer habersham
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How to Revive Stale Chips
Stale chips can be made fresh again in the microwave. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Crisps become stale when they are exposed to air for an extended period of time. During the frying process, when a potato is made into a chip, the potatoes will lose all moisture. When the crisps are exposed to air, that moisture is reintroduced, making the chips stale. To keep your chips fresher for longer, always use a clip to keep an opened bag of chips closed. Another alternative is to pour the chips into a plastic container with a lid.

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Microwave

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  1. 1

    Spread the stale chips evenly on a paper towel. Do not place the crisps on top of one another. If they are stacked on top of one another, they may adhere together during the microwaving process.

  2. 2

    Place in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Remove the chips from the microwave and set aside to cool.

  3. 3

    Taste the crisps once they have cooled. If they are still stale, microwave for another 30 seconds. If they are still stale after the second microwaving attempt, throw them away. They are not salvageable.

Tips and warnings

  • Tortilla chips can also be freshened in the microwave.

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