Don’t Throw Out Those Butter Wrappers!

It’s a little painful to toss butter wrappers in the trash — all that grease usually makes them non-recyclable. Sure, you can throw the paper, easily tearable ones in the compost, but, well, not everyone composts. And, for that matter, there are plenty of ways to reuse those butter wrappers before they leave the kitchen. You can even freeze them, folded in half with the dry side on the outside.

Here are a couple ideas for reusing butter wrappers:

Grease Pans.
So perfect, so easy, and just the right amount of grease!

Corn on the Cob.
Buttering corn on the cob without getting a whole stick gross and your corn too greasy.

Perfectly Cut Cakes.
Grease your knife with a butter wrapper before slicing up a cake for perfect, professional-looking slices.

Stop Using Non-Stick Spray.
Who needs a spray when you’ve got a butter wrapper? You won’t be drowning your dinner or baked goods in butter, but you’ll get just the right amount of grease.

Sauté Onions.
Want to soften onions but don’t want any color? Nestle a couple paper butter wrappers around the onion, place lid over saucepan but do not close shut — you want steam to escape.

Lightly-Buttered Toast.
Grease your toast with a wrapper for a light coating of butter.

Wrap Homemade Candies.
Making caramel for the holidays? Wrap cut pieces with butter wrappers instead of parchment or wax paper

Do you have a great way to reuse butter wrappers? Share it with us in the comments!

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Rose Beckeabout a year ago

Great Ideas

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

All good ideas, thanks

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a year ago

Thank you

Anna Ballinger
Anna Ballingerabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing these great tips. I also use them to grease a potato or sweet potato before baking. Yum!

Angela K.
Angela K.about a year ago

Thank you

Marc P.
Marc P.about a year ago

Thank you for sharing!

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoniabout a year ago


Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoniabout a year ago


Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertsonabout a year ago

My Grandma used butter rappers for all of these!

Teresa Fazackerley
Teresa Fazackerleyabout a year ago

thank you