Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Biggest Beef in Life!


I'm not the greatest housekeeper. I'm not organized like some of you wonderful homemakers. I get frustrated because I can't find things I know I have. My talents and strong areas are NOT centered in the kitchen, etc.

With that understood up front, you can understand that I need all the help I can get.
I go to all of your blogs, see the beautiful, organized kitchens, no messes in the pictures as you cook --- not even flour on your aprons or on your counters!!!!! After 40 years of trying, I have come to the conclusion that God did NOT gift me in the area of neat kitchens. I CAN cook some mighty good meals, don't get me wrong!
It is the finer art of methodology that gets me every time.

But my lack of skills does not come with without complaints and laying blame on certain things. I do have one BIG beef that has eaten at me ever since my first trip to the grocery store 40 years ago.

Will someone PLEASE tell me how to open a bag of sugar without flinging about a tablespoon of it across the kitchen?????

I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about -- those paper sacks of sugar, neatly folded down several times and glued shut. You get your sugar canister or can out, open it, set it on the counter, You take your sack of sugar, and ever so carefully, begin to open it, knowing that it once again will make a failure out of you and laugh at you, "I told you so, I got you again!" No matter how carefully I try, whenever I pull up on one of those folds, sugar goes flying.

Since the 50's, so much progress has been made in packaging, sealing, presentation of products, etc. But why in the world are we still stuck with paper sacks for sugar that are glued together in such as way as to hide a bomb of sugar, waiting to explode in your kitchen?????

Please tell me how YOU open your sugar sacks!!!!!


Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

LOL! I can identify with that, too, Cora! I just dread it every time I get a new bag. I sure hope one of your clever readers gives us a hint on how to prevent this.

In the meantime, thanks for the smile!


nancy huggins said...

Well...First of all you need a sugar Canister that is wider than the bag of sugar. You hold the bag of sugar over the top of the canister and take a pair of sharp scissors or a small knife and just cut a slit big enough to pour from and pour it into the canister. That is how I do it (mainly because I don't want my Dogs licking the sugar off the floor)...It isn't good for them :)
Try it like that...Oh...and you can find a plastic container that has a wide top and will hold a 5# or more of the $$$ store. That is where I got mine. Lid pops off real easy...and you can even lean the edge of the bag of sugar on the edge of the container while you cut it. (or you can just hug the bag) Never depend on their nice glue job...Sugar gets in the cracks of the bag in shipping.

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Linda said...

*lol* Your posts made me laugh! No matter where in the world you are, people face the same problems everywhere! ;)

I don't know if our bags of sugar are the same, but can't you just gently unfold the top? and then shape one of the corners so that it pours? I always empty the bag at once, in a BIG ole' baby formula can.... usually I don't waste more than a teaspoon of sugar in the process? ;)

greetings from the netherlands!

heather said...

I don'tn buy refined sugar anymore, but I always just opened it over the sink *shrug*. :)

kathi~lavender, lace and thyme said...

LOL! What a beautiful blog home you have Cora :). I'm a little like you, unorganized a lot of the time and you probably won't see many pictures of my kitchen either :). I open my bag of sugar in the kitchen sink...the sugar gets all over the sink but at least I can wash it down the drain.

CathyJean said...

Hey Cora,
Go to my blog and see how I do it. No, it's not spill proof, but less frustrating then pulling open the glued flaps.