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Don’t Throw Out Those Butter Wrappers!

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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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:47AM PST on Feb 24, 2015

Great Ideas

4:55AM PST on Jan 25, 2015

All good ideas, thanks

8:04AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Thank you

10:14AM PST on Jan 11, 2015

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

5:52AM PST on Jan 9, 2015

Thank you

5:12PM PST on Jan 5, 2015

Thank you for sharing!

2:11AM PST on Dec 31, 2014


2:10AM PST on Dec 31, 2014


8:13PM PST on Dec 30, 2014

My Grandma used butter rappers for all of these!

8:09AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

thank you

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Woohoo! I've been eating fatty foods all my life.

Sounds super, and probably can be done with all manner of different veggies in the mix. Maybe farme…

Who'd have thought flossing!!!


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