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.

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

How to open 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. Lindsay says:

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

  4. magali says:

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

  5. 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 !

  6. Kerry says:

    I can die happy now. Thank you 🙂

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

  8. God, You make me smile!!!

  9. 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

  10. Marti says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. Diane says:

    Indeed – hahahahad to share that with my fella!

  13. 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?

  14. 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. 😉

  15. AnnW says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. Kate S says:

    Dammit, I get my spaghetti in a box.

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

  19. Alyson says:

    What the what??? No way!

  20. Bev says:

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. Jen says:

    Hahahahahahaha! I love it!

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

  26. Nicole says:

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

  27. Linda McMullan says:

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

  28. blake says:

    quite literally, perfect!

  29. latenac says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. Angela N says:

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

  32. 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.

  33. Sarah says:

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

  34. Jen says:

    SO funny! Thanks for the laugh.

  35. 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 🙂

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

  37. 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:)

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

  39. Paulina J! says:

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

  40. Sue B. says:

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

  41. 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,

  42. Laura C says:

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

  43. 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*

  44. Charisa says:

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

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

  45. djonn says:

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

  46. 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?

  47. Kim says:

    Made me laugh! Awesome!

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

  49. taria says:

    I’m really messing it all up. I buy the stuff in a

  50. Jessy says:

    Awesome, next time I am at the grocery store, I will try this, several times, right there in the aisle. I will enjoy it.

  51. FlagirlinTN says:

    Wow! 51 seconds and your spaghetti is open and your drawer is cleaned out. I love multitasking.

  52. hunter says:

    You may have just changed my life (and possibly my pants size). I’ve *been* buying the healthy, whole-grain stuff that comes in the boxes. But no more. I’m going back to the carb-o-licious stuff just so I can try this. I’ll send you the tailor’s bill, shall I?

    • Karen says:

      Hunter – I can’t accept your tailor’s bill, but if you send me all your pants I’ll add elastic panels to the sides of all of them. ~ karen

      • hunter says:

        Or I could do the sensible thing and use it as an excuse to buy new pants…or at least to just wear stretchy pants. Winter is coming right, and stretchy pants are cozy. It’s…seasonal. Or at least that’s my excuse!

  53. This reminds me of the wine bottle opening on the tree ! Brilliant

    • Nicola Cunha says:

      They described the wine bottle in shoe technique in GQ this month! Yes, I like to read GQ 🙂 Thanks for the late night laugh! Nicola

  54. Carol-Anne says:

    Awesome! 😉

  55. Christina says:

    I was taking you seriously until you pulled out the sunscreen or whatever was in that tube. Nice!
    I’m a box spaghetti girl, which seems so boring now. Have to work on opening the box and getting all the pasta into the pot from across the room. Liven things up a bit.

  56. Patricia says:

    What the…!

    And I’ve been using the hammer all along!*?

  57. Eddie says:

    Oh that’s neat, at first I thought you were going to build spaghetti.

  58. lori says:

    how awesome is that!! now can you show us how to open spaghetti that comes in a box??!! hehe

  59. marilyn says:

    cant wait to have sister says velcrove for velcro and be careful you dont drive over the medium (median) i just let her go..

  60. Tina says:

    I have to remember not to sneek a look at your site when I am at work, or when I have a mouthfull of coffee!! You make me laugh out loud!! Thank you!!

  61. Laura says:

    OH my Gosh, I laughed so hard!!! And had to watch it twice! To think I have been doing it the wrong way all of these years!

  62. Julie says:

    I watched it with the sound off (no speakers at work and too lazy to get out my headphones), so I have no idea if it’s funnier with sound. All I know is I snarfed and coughed at the same time. Which sounds awful and feels even worse. You’re forgiven though because a giggle is worth it no matter how it comes.

  63. Julie shinnick says:

    Love the little flash of ‘mad’ smile in your eyes before you started…..there was the warning right there!
    Very entertaining!

  64. Nancy says:


  65. Judith says:

    Priceless. Thank you.

  66. Chris says:

    truly hilarious. as always. i will be switching from boxed to bagged spaghetti immediately.

  67. Bobbie in Oregon says:

    LOVE it!

  68. Rachel says:

    It works with a head of iceberg or romaine lettuce as well. Just pick up the head in both hands and whack it on the counter really hard. The core shears off and the leaves are all nicely separated!

  69. Cynthia says:

    THANK YOU! My life will never be the same.

    It’s almost as good as the time I found out that tin foil/plastic wrap boxes have little “thingys” you can push in on the ends to prevent the roll from falling out. Life just keeps getting better…..:)

  70. Petrel says:

    Love it–I suppose you don’t have a trick for elbow noodles . . . ? 😉

  71. Monica Alger says:

    awesome. even my 12 year old laughed.

  72. Whitney says:

    Shut the front door! You make me laugh!!

  73. Ohhhhhhhhhh Shit! I just had to calm myself before I could start typing….. 3 times.
    My family is in the other room wondering why I’m laughing out loud like an idiot. Let em’!

    You are awesome!!!!!!!

  74. Karen Shelby says:

    L I B……Imagine that!!!

  75. Ashlyn says:

    Oh my! Too funny! 🙂

  76. Liz says:

    You had me worried when you pulled out the Glysomed!

  77. Nancy says:

    OMG Karen…I am late reading this today but I think I just peed my pants at the end..One of your best!!!!

  78. Gayla T says:

    you are a HOOT! But you knew that didn’t ya! LOL

  79. mackenzie says:

    i’ve just started following your blog, and so glad i did! you’re posts are hilarious + ever so helpful 🙂

  80. Jody says:

    I thought I was the only one who did that! The music adds so much flair!

  81. Roxanne says:

    HYSterical!!! I love to read your blog. You never, ever fail to make me laugh.

    Wait — what??? Tin foil/plastic wrap boxes have little “thingys” you can push in on the ends to prevent the roll from falling out?????

  82. Ana says:

    My eyes got pretty wide when the string came out. I was thinking, jeez, that’s a lot of work just to preserve spaghetti or something.

    Nice work, K.

  83. Mickey says:

    Well, I’ll be damned!!!

  84. Talia says:

    Hot dog that was a hoot! When you pulled out the string, I was thinking this is going to be way too much trouble. Silly me!

  85. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  86. Julie C says:

    You are TOO cute!!! and you make me laugh… which is a GOOD thing!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Julie C! That’s my goal. Well … making you laugh and teaching you something too. But mostly making you laugh. ~ karen!

  87. Jackie H says:

    That was too cool! Thank you for the fab demo.

  88. Hana says:

    Now I feel deeply upset, and kind of cheated, because I just bought a damn bag of spaghetti yesterday and they’re already in their jar 🙁 Hm, but maybe I could squeeze another little baggie in there… *ponders*

  89. Elen says:

    You crack me up. I had to post that to my Facebook wall.

  90. Melissa Haight says:

    i love that you’re not humored by yourself at all…. lololol!

  91. I was waiting for you to pull a suspender belt from that drawer…

  92. What?!!!! I’m trading in my boxes.

  93. ev says:

    awesome! going to have spaghetti tomorrow!

  94. Melissa M says:

    Love it!

  95. Totally didn’t see that one coming!

  96. Sam says:

    Far effin out!

  97. Tommy says:

    Oh. My. God. I nearly peed. I am going to find a package of spaghetti right now.

    • Karen says:

      I know. It’s pretty fantastic. And kind of addictive. You’ll be trying to open everything this way. I can tell you right now, to save you some time … it does not work with toilet paper. ~ karen!

  98. Tracy says:

    Note To Self: This does not work with a carton of eggs.

  99. Shannon V. says:

    OMG….that is the best!

  100. smee says:


    i think i need a cigarette.

  101. Kevin says:

    Karen, Karen, Karen… You had me at the Hammer. Congratulations on setting the bar to “practically unobtainable”, very cool.

  102. Karen,- I LOVE IT !!

    What more can I say ? ;o)


  103. H. Love says:

    THAT was hilarious 🙂

  104. Irene says:

    Ok. So, you know I love you, right? And you know that I have gobbled up your blog from beginning to end since finding it not so long ago, right?
    Of course you do, I just told you.
    Somehow though, SOMEHOW, I missed this post.
    Lady, you made me laugh so hard that it prompted me to share it on a FB page with about 5000 members, and the giggle comments are already pouring in.
    Thank you for being you! 😀

    • Karen says:

      Hah! Thanks Irene. I love it when people share. 🙂 I have no idea how you missed the opening a package of spaghetti post, but I’m glad you eventually found it. ~ karen!

  105. I guess I need to buy a different brand of spaghetti that comes in a bag instead of a box! 🙂

  106. Kitty Nix says:

    you are so hilarious!!!!@!

  107. Duetsu says:

    Awesome … Freaking awesome … Like a V-8 slaps head moment …

  108. Bonnie says:

    No doubt about it, you have panache. Were you voted paunchiest in high school, Karen?

    I loved this video. What I can’t help thinking about is the failures–the times you try things like this and they don’t work. Would you please make a video of failures? Ok, ok, I suppose you don’t fail.

    I soooo miss your daily blog. I had it at the top of my homepage until Google discontinued that homepage in October. Now, I have to actually remember to check your blog. But, when I do, I always enjoy it.


    • Karen says:

      I was voted best dancer. I show failures all the time! Case in point … Why don’t you just subscribe to my site and get it by email every day? ~ karen

      • j says:

        Karen-[How could you have not taught me this until now? I’m your bestest reader on the East Coast, at least, and you’ve let me be among the uneducated?] You’re so funny I almost fell off the couch, scared the cat, and made the dogs hurry over to see why I was sputtering and gasping! Your delivery is spot on! You are too-o-o much! Have a great Canadian Thanksgiving!

        • Karen says:

          I don’t know. It must have slipped my mind. I meant to teach you before this! Now if you’ll excuse me I have Thanksgiving dinner to ignore preparing. 😉 ~ karen!

  109. Jane says:

    Well…I usually resort to scissors, knives, hammers, etc to open most packages…so damn frustrating to me…but when you don’t start smashing and banging, I think….she’s cleaning out her drawer first…no, wait, she just did that teaching us all how to be organized…then..boom! Magic happens! Thank you… like others, I gotta eat all my spaghetti in the box so I can buy some like this and try it. Love your funny and so very helpful posts:)

  110. lori jones says:

    did not see that coming!! thanks!!

  111. Deirdre says:

    I’m putting a hammer in my kitchen drawer and inviting all my friends over for a spaghetti dinner. This will blow them away. HA! love it

  112. Laura Bee says:

    Opened a new package tonight & thought of you. This never gets old….

  113. AmyinStL says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen spaghetti in a bag. It’s all in boxes here.

  114. Jacqueline says:

    Speaking of kids used to refer to Ikea as “My-kea”. Like it was theirs!

  115. Dale says:

    Your postings are timeless. From October 2011 to August 2016. “The Art of Doing Stuff” will go down in Canadian history as a masterpiece of info and humour. (Did I spell humor correctly?)
    Love these posts!!!

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