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Don’t Throw Out Those Butter Wrappers!

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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1:18PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014


4:48AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Nothing is useless when we know the way

12:19AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Interesting article, thank you

2:32AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014


7:50AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Interesting. Don't think I would do this but hey, one never knows. :-)

7:18AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Thank you so much!

6:01AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Good tips, ty!

12:31AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014


11:12AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

none of those seem practical to me. interesting ideas. but none are for me.

8:33AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Reuse wrappers for lining under cookies on an old not-so-non-stick pan.

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