Here is a project on how to do that.
You're probably still thinking that I am nuts but stay with me. Just don't take this advice literally. When my husband found out about this trick, this is what he did:
So, I spent half an hour this morning taking the macaroni out with a slotted spoon. I wasn't impressed.
What I did is I made a little cheesecloth bag for the macaroni. For this, you will need cheesecloth (about 6 by 6 inches), white thread, a small sewing needle, scissors, 1/4 cup dry, uncooked macaroni and some clumpy brown sugar.
To start, I folded the cheesecloth over so that it was two layers thick. I unrolled a section that was about 6 by 6 inches then I folded it over to see how big of a "baggie" I needed then I cut like so:
I cut a little off of the top as well as I didn't need a baggie that tall:
Now I have a little baggie that is about 3 inches by 3 inches (with the fabric folded over). I took out the needle and thread and started to sew. You can't do a straight stitch on cheesecloth though because it is so holey so I did a zigzag stitch. I folded down the top edge of the baggie and did the zigzag stitch by hand so that I didn't have a rough edge on the top:
Once the top was done, I placed the ends together and started stitching them together. Here is more detail on the zigzag stitch that I did. I highlighted the stitches in blue so that you can see them numbers indicating the order of the stitches:
So, I stitched it up on the sides and the bottom until the baggie was done. I turned it inside out to hide the rough edges.
Then, I went to the kitchen and added the macaroni with a spoon.
I dug a hole in my brown sugar canister for the baggie and dropped it in like so:
Estimated time for this project: about 30 minutes. This was mostly in the hand-sewing.
- This really does work! Adding macaroni to brown sugar was a brilliant idea that came from my sisters-in-law so I credit them.
- You can close off the baggie if you'd like. I didn't so that it would have a stronger effect.
- Double-threading really helps to secure the sewing. I didn't learn this until I reached the bottom of the bag so if you make this, I recommend double-threading before sewing.
- I hate hand-sewing. Really. That's why I have a sewing machine.