How to Properly Open a Package of Spaghetti

Sometimes you do things over and over again in your life having no idea you’re doing it completely wrong.

Until last year for instance my niece thought the word was “chickmunk”.  Clearly, it is not.  But she had no idea.  It worked for her her whole life, the word “chickmunk”.  She didn’t end up in jail because of using it, she never once had her house repossessed and didn’t turn to drugs because of it.   But once I pointed out to her that the actual word was “chipmunk”, her life got a little bit better.  Easier.  More fulfilling.  Colours were brighter.  She won prizes and stuff.

And so I am going to teach all of you how to do something you probably think you’ve been doing just fine over your entire lifetime.


Cellophane package of spaghetti sitting on loose uncooked spaghetti on a white countertop.

I’m going to teach you how to properly open a package of spaghetti.

How to open spaghetti

How to Open Spaghetti


How to properly open a cellophane package of spaghetti.

Get ready for the fireworks and prizes.


  1. KariJ says:

    Private video, eh?

  2. Pati says:

    Waaaaaaaaaaaah !!! It say the video is private ????? How will I EVER be able to open a pkg of spaghetti again without knowing EXACTLY HOW

    • Karen says:

      Working on it! For some reason even though the video is listed on YouTube as “public” it’s coming up as private. ~ karen

  3. Michelle says:

    Ha! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lindsay says:

    You have literally just BLOWN my mind.
    And also, I want to make spaghetti now.

  5. magali says:

    huh, would you look at that. nice and simple.

  6. Pati says:

    YOU’RE A GENIUS ! I humbly bow to your expertise in spaghetti opening and from here to forevermore will open in just such a manner…I will also insist upon it with all my friends and family as well !

  7. Kerry says:

    I can die happy now. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I wonder how many packages of spaghetti are going to be opened over the next 24 hours? Love this!

  9. God, You make me smile!!!

  10. thanks so much for that :-). and you look so pretty in your lovely top there..

    • Karen says:

      Thank you! I had to quickly take a look at the video to see what top I was wearing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I took a quick look at your website and I LOVE the sampler quilt you’re doing. The colours are perfect! My mother is making me the Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen

  11. Marti says:

    Definitely worth the wait and almost all the page refreshing, Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Claudine says:

    It’s the simple things that make life more enjoyable. Just tell me that I don’t have to clean out my tool drawer every time I want spaghetti! I love it. Thanks Karen.

  13. Diane says:

    Indeed – hahahahad to share that with my fella!

  14. Olga says:

    are you kidding me! I actually had to watch it twice because I thought maybe I blinked and you did some kind of a trick with your hands. Amazing! And they can’t put this instructions on the package?

  15. I can’t believe I just watched a video about how to open spaghetti. Mind you, I am the mother of child who eats girl-ed cheese sandwiches and begs to go to Starabucks and Old McDonalds. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. AnnW says:

    You are just too funny! I’ll have to try that on my daughter who is in Culinary School. Ann

  17. Wanda says:

    Well, as a mentor of mine always said…”the learning never stops”…just didn’t think he was referring to the humble package of spaghetti.

  18. Kate S says:

    Dammit, I get my spaghetti in a box.

  19. I was thinking you would slit the packet open with a knife. Well I have learnt something new today Karen. Thank you.

  20. Alyson says:

    What the what??? No way!

  21. Bev says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha … you’re an idiot! (In a good way) Hahahaha love it. Hammer included.

  22. Lucy says:

    Spaghetti is in the top 3 staples of my food choices. I thought everyone did it this way. Any that fly out are eaten before cooking. Also, the dry ones make excellent “matches” in a pinch.

  23. Oh my god. Shocked.

    Because I was sitting there thinking, Ha, I know this one. I was like the ONLY person who knew about the tabs on the sides of foil and cling wrap boxes; me and Karen, we’re basically the same person. We KNOW how to open spaghetti. With scissors.

    And then my world fell apart.

  24. Sue says:

    How about refinishing the dent in your nice wood table. Will that be the next video? You are a riot! Now I am franticly searching for the little couple with a package of spaghetti in my hand!

  25. Janet says:

    You are so funny, start my morning with your blog,before I get down to working, Thanks.
    p.s. On my fourth apron, they look pretty good.I think the bazaar will be happy with my donation.

  26. Jen says:

    Hahahahahahaha! I love it!

    I think the music you chose for the video makes it particularly funny. ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Nicole says:

    Wow, clever! Too bad I buy the Catelli Smart pasta in a box…

  28. Linda McMullan says:

    Ha! Wah? Hee Hee. You made me laugh before 8:00 AM. Can’t wait to cook pasta now.

  29. blake says:

    quite literally, perfect!

  30. latenac says:

    That’s lovely. Now I’ll have to buy spaghetti in that packaging to try it.

  31. Daphne Rodrigue says:

    OMG! That’s just too funny for the morning. Loved the drama of it all. I was thinking – what would you use the mallet for…
    Thanks – just love your blog! It’s a great way to start the day.

  32. Angela N says:

    Ha!! Now, what to do if your spaghetti comes in a box???????

  33. Langela says:

    Ummmm does it work the same for the spaghetti in boxes? Please help me, Karen. I want to win prizes and stuff!

    • Karen says:

      Langela – Don’t be silly. Of course it doesn’t work with boxes. Boxes you just throw against the wall. ~ karen

      • Langela says:

        BTW, funny spaghetti- related story. My ex-sister-in-law came out of her bedroom one morning to find her kids had been pretending to be birds. Their nest was every piece of spaghetti in the house and they were perched on top of it on top of the couch. Those stories are always funnier when you aren’t the one cleaning it up.

  34. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the smile this morning! Loved it!!!

  35. Jen says:

    SO funny! Thanks for the laugh.

  36. OMG-funny. I love your blog. First saw it during the chicken coop build. BTW-my chickens laid their first egg yesterday. I was over the moon with the little beauty!

    I will forever more open spaghetti this way ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. You are too funny!! Thanks for my morning laugh!

  38. This spaghetti trick was hilarious! You make my day on a regular basis! Keep it up.
    I just learned hoy to make a cork wreath yesterday and have a few tip son that if you are interested. Like how not to burn the **** out of your pretty fingers:)

  39. I forgot to add my website!. It because of all of those glue sticks!!!

  40. Paulina J! says:

    I was like where is she going with this?!?! Brilliant!

  41. Sue B. says:

    What a hoot!!! Through it all I just kept thinking I need to head to the garage to open the package!

  42. lynn says:

    I guess the hammer is for the dolts like me that buy the boxed stuff huh? As if gluten free products
    weren’t costly enough, they have to put the cellophane bag inside a box…
    Awaiting the sequel,

  43. Laura C says:

    Waaaah! I only have spaghetti in a box. But I’ll look for the bag.

  44. Ruth says:

    You had me going “WTH?!” by the time you got to the hammer… I’ve been ‘twickt’! *cue Elmer Fudd*

    Loved it! Opening a pack of spaghetti will never be the same again… and that’s a good thing. *returns scissors to drawer*

  45. Charisa says:

    My spaghetti comes in a box. What am I to do now?

    (Love your site, thanks for all the laughs!)

  46. djonn says:

    sadly this method does not work with rotini ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I guess that’s what the hammer is for……

  47. carolyn says:

    Is it pathetic that now I want to run out to the store and buy a package (or two or three) of spaghetti that I don’t need?

  48. Kim says:

    Made me laugh! Awesome!

  49. BWA HA HA! That was totally awesome! (Yes, I’m like, channeling my 80’s teen self today.)

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