2/25/13

10 Ways to Reuse Butter Wrappers

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I have never been comfortable with the idea of throwing away any item without stopping to think if there is anyway to reuse it at least one more time for a different purpose. I mean, hey, I recycle cereal bag liners, so the thought of throwing away a butter wrapper without using all the bits of buttery goodness that are still on the wrapper is unthinkable to me!

So, even though it drives my husband crazy, I keep a ziplock bag of the wrappers (folded in half) in the door of the refrigerator, and grab to use in lots of ways. For longer storage keep in the freezer, then just warm the folded wrapper in the palms of your hands for a moment before using!

 I thought I'd share a few of my favorite ways with you today.

Jan's tip: When you first start saving your wrappers it is very hard to remember to use them, so do what I did: Put a note on your non-stick cooking spray can to remind you! 


10 Ways to Reuse Butter Wrappers

1) Grease pans: Next time you need to grease your  baking pans  grab a butter wrapper. It usually has just enough on the wrapper for a light coating.

2) Press down rice krispie treats:  When making your next batch grab a wrapper to press them into the pan, Same goes for popcorn balls.

3)Instead of non-stick spray for cooking: Next time you need to saute something or lightly grease a skillet, grab a wrapper and wipe it into the pan.

4) Separate Hamburger patties: I usually make a large batch in spring for our outdoor grilling season and store them in the freezer, butter wrappers are a great way to keep the patties separated.

5) Microwaving Potatoes: Wrap a small potato with a butter wrapper (make sure to poke potato with a fork first!) when microwaving , the skin will come out butter soft.

6) Lightly Buttered Toast: I am trying to learn to use less butter in my eating, and using the small amount that is left on the wrapper to use on my toast is the perfect way to reteach me how much to use on a slice!

7) Butter tops of fresh baked biscuits and breads: When bread comes out of the oven, grab a wrapper and rub it over the tops! Yummy melty butter soaks right in to the warm and fluffy bread!

8) Coat Your Cast Iron Skillet: After wiping out your skillet, use a butter wrapper to rub a little butter back into the skillet, to keep it nice and seasoned for the next use.

9) Set a wrapper on a stack of Pancakes or waffles: Stack 'em high and set a wrapper on top to keep them buttery without loading a ton of butter on them. You can also put a wrapper on top of a bowl fo rice or potatoes before serving too!

10) Corn on the cob: My favorite way to use them in summer is to hand everyone a butter wrapper and let them coat their corn on the cob with one. It coats them quick and easy!
BONUS TIP: Before cutting a dessert, rub the butter wrapper over the knife blade  to make cutting through super clean and easy.(for heavens sake don't slice open your hand!)
How do you reuse your butter wrappers?

27 comments:

  1. What about just licking the wrapper? LOL!

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  2. Interesting! I saw a reference to saving butter wrappers on zerowastehome.com and thought it was kind of strange, but it makes sense. I guess if you get your butter in bulk there'll be even less wrappers to save as well. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I used to buy bulk but lost my great connection to a good price but always on the look out. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. okay that is just smart, but our wrappers here are thin foil and they rip so easily, it stinks, because these are great ideas.

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    1. We get those too sometimes here not as useful either

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    2. We get those too sometimes here not as useful either

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  4. I save butter wrappers -- sporadically -- and would forget them in the fridge. I like the idea of taping a note on the misto/oil spray container. Thanks for the tips!

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  5. I love it! I have always thought I was wasteful throwing them out but I didn't know what else to do with them. I always scrape it into the bowl that I am using to get everything off the wrapper (my husband makes fun of that). I also put it over the top if I am going to microwave so that the rest gets into the measuring cup and so that nothing splatters. It makes a great splatter screen. I should totally start saving them!!

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    1. I love your ideas and my hubby laughs at me too

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  6. These are such great ideas! I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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    1. I'd love to link up! Thanks for the invite over!
      Jan

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  7. Oh My Goodness -- this is one I never thought of but I'm doing this from now on. Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

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    1. I love your name, Lemonade and Gingerbread! Thanks for stopping by!
      Jan

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  8. Never ever thought about reusing butter wrappers! Great ideas! Thanks for posting this.

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    1. You are so sweet to take time to comment, They make my day!
      Hugs,
      Jan

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  9. I don't think I've EVER thought about saving these! Looks like I've been missing out. All kinds of great tips here. Thanks for the enlightenment! ;)

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  10. I'm pretty frugal, but extremely forgetful, so I'm afraid I'd forget the wrappers. I use my spatula to get all the butter off before I throw them away though!

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    1. Loretta, I understand! I forgot for a LONG time, all the while collecting them! Scraping it all off with a spatula is perfect!
      Thanks for sharing it!
      Jan

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  11. These are great ideas, but I have one question. When you use it on the cast iron does it get sticky? I season mine with Coconut oil to avoid that sticky oil feeling. Just curious. I'm going to try and remember to save my wrappers.

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    1. Great question no mine never have a sticky residue it just soaks right in. Glad you asked !

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    2. I went to throw a wrapper away last night but saved it instead. My husband asked if the fridge is the new trash can now. Silly men.

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    3. You just made me laugh outloud at work

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    4. You just made me laugh outloud at work

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  12. Clever! I remember my grandmother keeping her butter wrappers on the door in her 'fridge. Great post, thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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