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Food Containers You've Been Using Wrong Your Entire Life

List RulesVote up the hacks you can't believe you've been missing this whole time.

On the surface, food containers are somewhat underwhelming. Be it Tupperware or Tic Tac Boxes, the storage containers we put our food in seem self-explanatory: not much to discover there. But, are there more to food containers than meets the eye? These mind blowing food container tips will get you looking at your soda lids in a whole new light. 

While many of these food container tricks have been pioneered by geniuses while eating, some of the below food container hacks were built into the product design itself. Did you know that Mott's juice boxes have side tabs, so kids don't have to baptize themselves in apple juice while squeezing the box? Move over, Elon Musk; that's next-level innovation.

Then there's ketchup cups. Yes, ketchup cups: the kind stacked in any fast food establishment worth its salt. Turns out, ketchup cups have a lot more going on than you may have originally given them credit for. The little white cups can be expanded to create perfect dipping bowls, ideal for sharing.

Are you freaking out yet? The truth is that ketchup cups are just one of several food containers you've been using wrong since forever. Let's not even talk about Oreo containers. The middle divider of Oreo packs has major potential that could change your life if you let it.

Here's the tragedy: while we trudge through our mundane weeks, we oft use everyday items incorrectlyeat things the wrong way, and miss the great purposefulness of everyday objects. Here, discover the extraordinary hiding in the commonplace. These are the Clark Kents of food containers: they may appear ordinary, but they have hidden powers.

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    Chinese Take-Out Boxes Are Really Plates

    Video: YouTube

    So, apparently the designers of Chinese take-out boxes are operating at a whole other level, because they've created a box that doubles as a plate. 

    The containers actually are meant to unfold into a plate, ideal for eating noodles. Next time you order Lo Mein, create your makeshift plate, then reassemble into a box to keep your leftovers.

    Does this change everything?
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    Juice Boxes Have Side Flaps For Gripping

    Video: YouTube

    Ever squeeze a juice box and get doused with liquid? This hack will change your life forever. Juice boxes have side tabs that are meant for gripping.

    Just fold them out, and hold as you sip. The fact that juice boxes come with attached straws isn't the only exciting thing about them: their flaps are their best kept secret. 

    Does this change everything?
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    Soda Lids Can Hold Straws

    Video: YouTube

    Didn't think a can of Coke would ever surprise you? What about its lid? That's right; soda lids can double as straw holders. Ever put a straw in an effervescent drink just to see it bob up and down in an unnerving way? Not anymore, you won't. 

    Simply turn the tab on the can around and push the straw through it. This stops the straw from raising out of the can as the soda bubbles.

    Does this change everything?
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    Soft Drink Lids Can Double As Coasters

    Nobody likes to try and get water rings out of wooden surfaces. Those water droplets that condense on cold soda can be trouble!

    Fortunately, you can use all soda lids as coasters by slipping them under your drink. Simply remove the lid and fit your cup on top of it, and save your friend's coffee table. 

    Does this change everything?