Crackers are a popular snack food and versatile pantry staple commonly made from flour, water, and leavening agents. They come in various shapes, flavors, and textures, such as savory, sweet, crunchy, or crisp. Originating in ancient Egypt, the modern-day cracker has evolved into numerous varieties, with top brands offering options like saltines and graham crackers. Crackers serve a multitude of purposes in the realm of home cooking and entertaining. They can be enjoyed on their own or as a canvas for toppings like cheeses, spreads, and meats. Cracker crumbs are also frequently used to create pie crusts, breadcrumb coatings, and binding agents in meatloaf or meatball recipes.
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Cracker FAQ
Crackers, being a pantry staple, are often underestimated in their versatility. Most people tend to pigeonhole crackers as merely a snack or an accompaniment to soups and salads. However, with a bit of creativity, they can be used in an array of exciting ways to enhance your culinary artistry. Where people go wrong while using crackers in their recipes is in choosing the wrong type of cracker. Not all crackers are created equal; some are salty, some are sweet, some are crunchy, and others are more flaky. Therefore, their application will differ with the dish. For example, a graham cracker would be perfect for a sweet base in a cheesecake while a saltine or wheat cracker is better suited for savory dishes or crumbs for frying. Getting the most out of crackers includes exploring their capabilities beyond basic dipping and topping. Crushing them into crumbs provides a perfectly crispy addition to dishes but don't overlook their potential as thickeners in soups, stews and sauces. A little-known tip is to use unsalted saltine crackers in replacement of breadcrumbs as you get a finer, crunchier texture, ideal for fried foods. Crackers can also be used to add texture and bulk to your veggie or lentil burgers. With gluten-free and whole grain options widely available, it becomes admissible for a variety of dietary needs.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does cracker expire?
Unopened cracker packets maintain their quality for about 6-9 months past the 'best by' date printed on the package. Once opened, crackers can stay fresh for around 1-2 weeks when stored in cool, dry conditions. However, their texture may begin to soften after about a week. If you've chosen to freeze your crackers (which isn't a common practice, but quite doable), they can last up to 8 months.
How do you tell if cracker is bad?
It's pretty easy to recognize when crackers have gone bad. If they have an off smell or have developed mold, discard them right away. Dry and hard crackers may have expired if they have a stale or unusual taste, or if they're no longer crispy. Moreover, if you see any changes in color or spot bugs in the package, it's time to toss them out.
Tips for storing cracker to extend shelf life
• Keep your crackers in a cool and dry place. A pantry or a kitchen cabinet away from heat sources is perfect. • Once opened, ensure the interior packaging is sealed tightly. You can use a clip or transfer them to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container to maintain freshness. • Avoid storing crackers in the refrigerator since it can make them soggy from the humidity. • If you decide to freeze your crackers, put them in a freezer-safe bag or container, removing as much air as possible before sealing. When you're ready to use them, let them defrost at room temperature to maintain their texture.
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