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. Brandi Mills says:

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

  2. Kim says:

    Made me laugh! Awesome!

  3. 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?

  4. djonn says:

    sadly this method does not work with rotini ;)
    I guess that’s what the hammer is for……

  5. Charisa says:

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

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

  6. Anna says:

    love it.

  7. 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*

  8. Laura C says:

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

  9. 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,

  10. Sue B. says:

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

  11. Paulina J! says:

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

  12. Debbie Neal says:

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

  13. Debbie Neal says:

    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:)

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

  15. Ann Roberts says:

    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 :-)

  16. Jen says:

    SO funny! Thanks for the laugh.

  17. Sarah says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. Angela N says:

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

  20. 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.

  21. latenac says:

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

  22. blake says:

    quite literally, perfect!

  23. Linda McMullan says:

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

  24. Nicole says:

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

  25. Jen says:

    Hahahahahahaha! I love it!

    I think the music you chose for the video makes it particularly funny. :D

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Bev says:

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

  31. Alyson says:

    What the what??? No way!

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

  33. Kate S says:

    Dammit, I get my spaghetti in a box.

  34. 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.

  35. AnnW says:

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

  36. 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. ;)

  37. 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?

  38. Diane says:

    Indeed – hahahahad to share that with my fella!

  39. 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.

  40. Marti says:

    Definitely worth the wait and almost all the page refreshing, Karen! :)

  41. 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. :) 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. :) ~ karen

  42. Judy Beeksma says:

    God, You make me smile!!!

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

  44. Kerry says:

    I can die happy now. Thank you :)

  45. 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 !

  46. magali says:

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

  47. Lindsay says:

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

  48. Michelle says:

    Ha! Love it :)

  49. 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

  50. KariJ says:

    Private video, eh?

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