Why I’ve been opening OXO cubes wrong for 40 years

Today I had my MIND BLOWN by a story in the papers about how to open OXO cubes.

First of all, let’s picture a little scene where I’m making something tasty – a shepherd’s pie maybe, or a bolognese.

I’ve fried a onion, browned my mince and had a glass of wine and I’m ready to add some stock. I get an OXO cube out of the little OXO tin I have in the cupboard which says ‘the original beefy cubes’ on the side. I fiddle about with it, trying to peel off the foil and invariably dropping at least part of the wrapper into the frying pan.

Finally I have it unwrapped and I crumble it into the pan. My fingers are covered in OXO cube. I lick them, forgetting it’s OXO cube. Bleurgh. I wash my hands.

Does this sound familiar?

It’s because all this time we’ve been OPENING OUR OXO CUBES IN THE WRONG WAY.

I can barely believe it. It’s like my idiotic hand gliding vs hang gliding moment all over again.

According to the story I read this morning, which I think was picked up from a Slimming World Facebook group, an OXO cube is actually designed to turn into a sachet. You know the little corners, so neatly folded in at each end? Well, lift those up. Then crush the OXO cube, still in it’s foil covering.

LO AND BEHOLD you will suddenly have a sachet of crumbled OXO, ready to be opened and sprinkled, with no mess or fuss.

Obviously I immediately wanted to try it, but when I went to the little tin in my cupboard it was empty, which is typical me. I considered going out specially, but I’ve just come BACK from Tesco and once is enough.

So, what I need you to do is go into your kitchen and find an OXO cube and try opening the corners and crushing it. Then leave me a comment to let me know whether or not your entire life has been revolutionised.

Thank you and you’re welcome.

how to open an oxo cube

Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

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  1. 9 September, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I’ve always peeled them!

  2. 10 September, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Hahah I did not know this. Like you I am always getting tiny bits of foil everywhere and stock all over my fingers. I will definitely be trying this out next time I cook.

  3. 10 September, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    nice to know I have been something right all my life, I have always crumbled them in the foil and then opened it.
    Have to disagree on the bleurgh bit, I love them and eat them as they come out of the wrapper. yum yum….lol

    • Jo Middleton
      11 September, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      What?! You eat them out of the wrapper?? Haha!

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