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For those wanting to cut down on single-use waste, but still looking to keep their frozen food fresh, a new way to cut and seal food bags might just be the answer.

Shared by TikToker Stephanie Gigliotti (@stephgigliotti28), who uses her account to bring followers “easy recipes and ideas for real life,” according to her bio, the hack is being hailed as “brilliant” by many viewers.

While TikTok is brimming with freezer and fridge hacks — such as the frozen cereal hack that recently blew cereal lovers’ minds, or the crisper drawer tip that could save people a ton of money on produce —Gigliotti’s trick is impressing users with its simplicity and ease.

@stephgigliotti28 I love this hack! #lifehacks #tipsandtricks #hacks #stephgigliotti ♬ Ultimate life hacks – Kelly – The Life Bath

Using the viral TikTok sound from @thelifebath (boasting over 37,000 video uses), in which users are asked to show off the life hack that is now “an unconscious standard in your everyday life,” Gigliotti demonstrates how to keep freezer burn at bay once a bag has been opened.

Holding a bag of Great Value French fries, she makes two diagonal cuts into the open bag, essentially creating two flaps. She then twists the flaps and ties them off, ensuring a tighter seal than could be achieved by rolling and clipping the open bag.

“This is so simple and so obvious once you see it. But WHY didn’t I figure this out on my own?!?!? Thank you!!” commented @jg_1724.

“Damn it. All the ziplocks I’ve wasted,” wrote @christineanellie.

“Brilliant,” commented @dyvz96jmhr51.

Considering that the average American family uses over 500 ziplock bags each year — and that each bag takes over 400 years to break down — Gigliotti’s simple bag trick could help save some unnecessary waste from making its way to the landfill.

But that isn’t Gigliotti’s only kitchen hack that’s helping TikTok users prevent waste.

@stephgigliotti28 So many ideas! Do you have ideas for almost empty jars? Drop them below! Mustard dressing an almost empty mustard container (you want about 1/2 to 1 tbsp mustard) Dijon, honey mustard, brown mustard or stone ground works best! Add 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 clove garlic grated, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons finely minced shallots (optional) and a healthy pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Shake up the bottle and pour over a large salad, toss to coat. Peanut butter jar noodles Prepare 1 package ramen noodles- you can use the flavor packets or leave it out and cook in water or chicken or beef stock. It’s personal preference! To a 16 ounce almost empty peanut butter jar add 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Pour warm noodles in the jar with 2-3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Shake the jar until the peanut butter turns all saucy. Careful not to add boiling water/too hot noodles and closing the jar; the jar will get too hot so let the noodles and liquid cool slightly. If it’s not creamy enough, add another tablespoon of warm liquid. Topping options: additional soy sauce , chopped green onions, sesame seeds, grated carrots, or siracha #useitupchallange #wastenotwantnot #moneysavingideas #fyp #mustarddressing #nutellahotchocolate #stephgigliotti ♬ A Day in My Life – Soft boy

In another video, Gigliotti advised about what to do with those almost empty condiment jars, helping viewers not only stretch a dollar, but prevent good food from being tossed out.

According to new data from national nonprofit ReFED, the amount of uneaten food produced in the U.S. is climbing, generating significant waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

“To address the underlying problem, experts say the most important change in developed countries like the U.S. will have to be one of mindset and cultural expectations around food, where cheap abundance is the norm,” reports Bloomberg.

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